Looking Ahead

Last updated 18:00GMT, Friday 2 January.

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TODAY: dense fog Koblenz. Black ice alert south west France, Limoges region. Snow A28 east Switzerland. High wind warning Denmark bridges.

Weekend traffic: another big ‘changeover day’ tomorrow as skiiers start or finish their holidays. Tour operators will transfer customers to airports in the French Alps extra early to avoid last weekend’s chaos says The Telegraph from the early hours of Saturday morning. However, Sunday is expected to be the busiest day on French roads according to Bison Fute as drivers from around the country head home – especially to Paris – ahead of 2015’s first proper working day (Tuesday 6 January is Epiphany public holiday in Germany, Switzerland and Austria). Saturday will be the weekend’s busiest day in Germany says ADAC – heading north from Austrian ski resorts – and again on Sunday afternoon. The changeover effect will however be merely ‘noticeable’ in Austria on Saturday says OAMTC. No predictions are available for Switzerland.

Meanwhile, Dover-Calais ferry operators and Eurotunnel (especially the French terminal) are preparing for a busy weekend. The latter has a ‘waiting area’ ready for any overspill from check-in. Customers are advised not to turn up too early and – importantly – have passports ready.

Weather: rain in central Europe turning to snow on high ground before a return to wintry weather late Sunday says the BBC.

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CHANNEL DELAYSCondor Ferries, 45min delay Clipper, loading + cancellation fast ferry tomorrow and reschedule Clipper, weather.

WEATHER ALERT: red alert high winds Poland coast. Amber alert high winds east Germany, east Baltic, Slovakia, snow/ice Hungary, Serbia + low temps Bosnia, Montenegro.

WEATHER: more snow Alps (Swiss, Austria) later. Dry, sunny South. Windy, unsettled North.

GOTTHARD TUNNEL: northbound queue down to 3km, delay 35mins.

MONT BLANC TUNNEL: ‘traffic is fluent’.

MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYSA8 westbound from Ulm, road works, delay 45mins. B23/B2 northbound from Garmisch, heavy traffic total delay still 50mins.

A14 southbound to Ancona, accident Pesaro delay 1h30.

EarlierA3 westbound from Wurzburg, persistent delays currently 30mins. A12/A93 northbound to Munich, total delay down to 25mins. B179 Fernpass northbound heavy traffic total delay down to 15mins.

See Travel/Traffic/Weather for more.

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Within the next few weeks  - we're still trying to pin down the exact date - the first, all-important 'first drive' verdicts should be published on the Jaguar XE. Will the company finally have an Evoque-sized hit on its hands? Thanks to its aluminium construction and new Ingenium engines it's bound to be efficient but so much will depend on how it feels behind the wheel.

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