Pole of Cold: east again

Last updated 21:50 GMT.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: Severe weather in the West causing disruption until next week.

DFDS delay Dover-Calais 30mins, Dover-Dunkirk 60mins. Eurotunnel passenger France 90min pre-check-in, 60mins on terminal, ‘earlier cancellations’.

Condor Ferries Sunday’s St Malo-Guernsey service departs 60min early. Sunday and Monday hi-speed services cancelled. Brittany Ferries Portsmouth-Santander cancelled. Portsmouth-Bilbao-Portsmouth Sunday and Tuesday sailings brought forward to Saturday and Sunday. LDLines Poole-Santander delayed today, cancelled tomorrow and Poole-Gijon cancelled Tuesday.

WEATHER ALERTRed alert for coastal storm Portugal. Amber alert high winds Spain, floods France, high winds/rain Italy, rain Austria, high winds Slovakia.

WEATHER: Heavy snow in the North and Alps. Heavy rain in the West. Rain Italy, fair Balkans, sunny Greece.

TRAFFIC: Switzerland: delays due to heavy snow A2 Gotthard Tunnel-Italy border, plus a truck ban. Northbound queue to Gotthard still 3km, 30min delay.

France: A75 still delays due to snow both ways Millau-Clermont-Ferrand.

See Christmas Congestion or Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Pole of Cold: the expedition gets a thumbs up from a passing Lada

Pole of Cold: the expedition gets a thumbs up from a passing motorist. Having experienced regular temperatures of -25 degrees in Tuva south central Russia for the past few days the team swung back north yesterday to Krasnoyarsk where it’s only a few degrees below zero. Now they head east, ‘in search of the cold again’. The going is bound to be difficult, not necessarily because of the conditions, but because 7 January is Christmas in Russia. See www.poleofcold.com for more.

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