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    • A statue inside the fountain on Trafalgar Square in London is seen covered with icicles and frozen water as Storm Darcy affects large parts of the country on 8 February 2021.
    • The frozen Josephine Shaw Lowell Memorial Fountain in Bryant Park is pictured during a winter storm in New York City on 1 February 2021.
    • An icicle hanging from a roof in central Russia.
    • A thick layer of ice and icicles has formed over a jetty staircase on a pier in Gohren, Germany, Sunday 7 February 2021. Strong winds are causing snowdrifts and ice to form in the coastal region.
    • A person takes a picture of a bird sitting on top of an icicle-covered fountain ornament in Trafalgar Square, as Storm Darcy affects large parts of the country on 9 February 2021.
    • Icicles hang from a tree in the marina of Monnickendam, the Netherlands, Tuesday, 9 February 2021. With freezing temperatures forecast for more than a week in the Netherlands, ice fever is sweeping the nation, offering a welcome respite from grim coronavirus news while also creating a challenge for authorities trying to uphold social distancing measures.
    • A man takes pictures of icicles on the fountain in Trafalgar Square as temperatures dropped below freezing in London, Tuesday, 9 February 2021. Snow has swept across the country, with further snowfall predicted, bringing travel problems as temperatures plummet.
    • Icicles in Roubaix, northern France, as temperatures dropped below freezing, Wednesday, 10 February 2021.
    • A woman takes pictures of icicles on the fountain in Trafalgar Square against the backdrop of Big Ben as temperatures dropped below freezing in London, Tuesday, 9 February 2021. Snow has swept across the country, with further snowfall predicted, bringing travel problems as temperatures plummet.
    • Icicles are seen on a wall as Storm Darcy affects large parts of the country, in East Grinstead, Britain, 10 February 2021.
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    A statue inside the fountain on Trafalgar Square in London is seen covered with icicles and frozen water as Storm Darcy affects large parts of the country on 8 February 2021.

    Over the last month, multiple countries have experienced severe snowfalls and ice storms that caused widespread traffic disruptions and forced local authorities to shut down public places.

    Harsh weather conditions have brought some hard times to the EU. Storm Darcy is now tearing through the continent. Germany, France, and the Netherlands have been blanketed by heavy snow. Combined with freezing temperatures, it has caused massive traffic delays and travel disruptions. Darcy is expected to bring even more strong winds and additional snowfall.

    Up to 8 cm of snow fell in some areas of the UK last week, while the Met Office warned that it might reach up to 15 cm. An amber snow warning was sounded in the country, with many Britons quick to recall the events of the past, when the so-called "Beast from the East" pummelled the UK and left at least 17 dead. 

    In Russia, where extreme cold weather is not something unusual, people have also been informed about rapid temperature drops and upcoming snowfalls.

    As for the US, a heavy winter storm hit much of the northeast and Midwest at the beginning of February, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Hundreds of flights were cancelled as a result, disrupting travel for scores of people.

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