Last updated 18:00 GMT.
CHANNEL DELAYS: Brittany Ferries Santander-Portsmouth 20:30 delay 60mins.
WEATHER ALERT: Amber alerts: flooding/heavy rain south east France, north west Italy. Snow Switzerland and north Portugal. High winds Montenegro.
WEATHER: Snow Scandinavia/Alps/Pyrenees. Rain+snow Spain/Portugal. Cold east Europe. General wind/rain.
TRAFFIC: A1 Leverkusen, Rhine bridge long term weekend road works, around 50min delay each way. C-14 Andorra-Lleida snow delays at La Seu d’Urgell down to 30mins, see below.
ROADS: Snow Switzerland + Austria – some local road closures. A13 Bellinzona-Chur closed to trucks earlier but now reopened. Germany: delays both ways A1 .
Heavy rain/snow/landslide road closures French Riviera/north west Italy. Article in French with details.
Snow south Pyrenees affecting roads central and east, see above C-14, also A136, A138 and N230. Snow chains needed.
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The First Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul this morning. At this distance, the only way to tell it from the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge, the only other across the Bosphorus Strait – connecting Europe and Asia – is by the zig-zag cable stays. A highly controversial third bridge is planned, at the north end of the Strait, but a high level on-going corruption investigation has interestingly implicated many of the movers and shakers behind the project. Photo via @LeighTurnerFCO
Silvio Berlusconi’s – surprisingly old – Audi A6 is egged on his way to a meeting with rival political leader Matteo Renzi in Rome today. Luckily the damage was less than superficial. Corriere della Serra reports this morning that 4m cars in Italy are not insured – that’s 2.8m drivers, or 8% of the total. The average cost of insurance in Italy is apparently €491. Photo Comandante Nebbia, @mentecritica