Eiffel Tower Remains Closed as Snow, Freezing Rain Hits Paris

Pam Wright
Published: February 9, 2018

Paris was pummeled by freezing rain and a relatively rare accumulating snowstorm this week, forcing authorities to shut down the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

The storm dropped at least 4 inches on the capital earlier this week, resulting in travel chaos and a record number of traffic jams. The storm prompted officials to shut down bus service in the city that relies heavily on public transportation. The storm also hampered France's high-speed train system and the region's commuter trains. The city's subway system was running at 50 percent on several lines.

Dozens of flights out of Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports were canceled or postponed, although the airports remained open, Le Monde reported.

Paris saw a record number of traffic jams in the city, with many people stuck for hours, according to authorities. Semi trucks were banned from highways in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic accidents.

The Eiffel Tower was closed for "meteorological reasons" on Tuesday and will remain so through Saturday, the Associated Press reported.

In some areas outside of the city, up to nearly a foot of snow fell.

A mixture of snow and rain was expected in Paris on Friday as a new cold front pushed through the region, weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam said. Conditions should improve by Saturday, with temperatures rising above freezing.

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