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Severe cold continues in Europe

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Ice crystals form on the windshield of a car after a nighttime minimum temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius in Ilmenau, Germany, Feb. 5. The frosty weather will continue across europe for the coming days, according to weathe forecasts.

msnbc.com staff and news services report:

Steven Keates, a weather forecaster at Britain's Met Office, said the severe wintry conditions were expected to last, and spread to other areas.

"It will still be very cold, maybe not quite the exceptional temperatures we've seen this last week, but still very cold," he told Reuters, saying the current front which brought snow and ice to Britain overnight was now heading to Belgium and Germany.

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