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British travel problems ease with thawing temperatures

LONDON (AP) - After days of delays brought on by a snowfall, it's getting easier for travelers to get in and out of Britain.

Most services are running normally at Heathrow Airport, and on the cross-channel trains. A slight rise in temperature helped melt most of the ice in London.

Heathrow says both runways are open, and about 90 percent of flights are operating. For days, the terminal floors were filled with stranded travelers waiting for a flight home for Christmas.

But the improving conditions didn't extend to Ireland, where heavy snow shut down the airport in Dublin for several hours.

And while Western Europe is thawing a bit, some bitter cold temperatures are causing problems in Scandinavia. Up to six inches of snow fell across Denmark, hampering road, rail and air traffic.

In Sweden, trains came to a halt in southern regions as icy winter winds swept snow over the country.


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