Baptism Of Ice

Last updated 18:00GMT, Wednesday 10 December.

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TODAY: winds at Dover down to force 6 but still long delays to ferry services, except Dover-Dunkirk and MyFerryLink. Dover, Calais and Dunkirk all busy with freight traffic today.

Black ice warnings Vosges mountains, east France + A20 Limoges; A7 Hannover-Hildesheim. Flood emergency Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Snow above 500m French Alps + Pyrenees. Fresh snow H2/H19/H21 Gotthard south central Switzerland, H13 Locarno-Brissano still restricted by landslides at Lugano.

A20 access road into Eurotunnel UK is closed; use M20 junction 11a instead.

THIS WEEK: 24hr rail strike Belgium Thursday 11 December from 03:00; General strike Italy Friday 12 December; ADAC reports another strike at Port of Calais next Monday 15 December (not confirmed). Also, this week is the TISPOL pan-Europe anti-drink drive enforcement campaign.

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CHANNEL DELAYS: P&O Dover-Calais delay 120mins. Reduced service DFDS Dover-Calais until 4 January, currently 3h00 delay; Dover-Dunkirk 40mins. Tomorrow’s Amsterdam-Newcastle arrives 60min late at 10:00. Eurotunnel freight UK, busy, still 90mins wait before check-in.

Tomorrow’s Brittany Ferries Plymouth-Roscoff + St Malo sailings cancelled, weather. Cherbourg-Poole brought forward 2h to 16:00. LDLines Le Havre-Portsmouth leaves 30min early at 16:30. Two subsequent trips cancelled. Condor Ferries says it is watching weather forecasts for next 48 hours.

WEATHER ALERT: amber alert high winds Italy/SardiniaIreland, Germany + coasts: Spain, Holland, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, avalanche Norway + storm Greece.

WEATHER: cold + unsettled North. Showers South.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: northbound queue 2km, delay 20mins (tunnel reopened after breakdown).

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS: A4 southbound into Strasbourg, accident, delay 60mins. A630 ring north Bordeaux road works clockwise, delay A63>A10 around 1h30.

R0 ring south Brussels, clockwise, accident Haut Ittre delay 45mins from Waterloo.

Earlier: now no delay E314 eastbound Leuven.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Iceland: journalists attending the launch of the brand new Land Rover Discovery Sport this week were treated to the full force of an arctic winter storm. The Irish Times’ Michael McAleer wrote, ‘Far from the soft, wet and fluffy stuff that flutters down in Ireland every few years, this was like shards of icy glass being shot horizontally across the mountainside.’ It was so bad that vehicles had to be abandoned. Despite this, the Disco S has still been very well received. Standard on all models (starting at £32,395 with cheaper versions to come) is an extremely family and friends friendly seven seat layout, unique in the class.

Iceland: journalists attending the launch of the brand new Land Rover Discovery Sport this week were treated to the full force of an arctic winter storm. The Irish Times’ Michael McAleer wrote, ‘Far from the soft, wet and fluffy stuff that flutters down in Ireland every few years, this was like shards of icy glass being shot horizontally across the mountainside.’ It was so bad that vehicles had to be abandoned. Despite this, the Disco S has still been extremely well received, we’ve yet to read a bad review. Standard on all models (starting at £32,395 with cheaper versions to come) is a very family-and-friends-friendly seven seat layout, unique in the class.

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