By Steve Dellar  |  03-01-2018   News
Photo credit: @thelocalsweden and @thescotsman | Twitter

The British have dubbed it "the Beast from the East", while the Dutch say it is, in fact, the "Siberian bear." Up north, the Swedes speak of the "snow cannon". No matter what it is, it is cold in Europe right now folks.

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The funny gag about it, In Finland, the country closest to the North Pole, they also have a name for these kinds of conditions, they call it Wednesday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Geneva airport closed by icy &#39;beast from the east&#39; <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="">March 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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For most countries in Western Europe though, these temperatures are nothing like they are used to, and equipment is failing. In London, an accountant said: "Nothing works when it snows in England."

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Beast from the East is Coming!!! <br><br>&#39;We&#39;re all going to die Kathleen&#39; <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheBeastFromTheEast</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BeastFromTheEast</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StormEmma</a> <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#snow</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Sir Stevo Timothy (@SirStevoTimothy) <a href="">February 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"We don't have the right infrastructure or tools in place, so the city comes to a grinding halt, and people can't go about their business so they start to panic."

So far eight people have died in the UK either through freezing or road accidents related to the cold.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Is the Beast from the East going to bring snow to the West?<br><br>You might want to watch the latest forecast … <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; BBC West Live (@BBCBristol) <a href="">March 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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21 people froze to death in Poland whilst Bulgaria saw 40 centimeters of snow overnight.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Live updates as death toll amid impact of Beast from the East rises to eight <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) <a href="">March 1, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Everywhere in western Europe, roads are affected, trains are cancelled and airports are closed.


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