Europe's big freeze

Associated Press
The first  swimmers of the season walk into the water at the snowy  beach of  Strandbad Wannsee in Berlin, Germany, Good Friday March 29, 2013. Bathing season at the lido traditionally starts on Good Friday.  (AP Photo/dpa,Rainer Jensen)

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Is it Easter or Christmas? Many Europeans are facing winter's icy grip on lands that should be thawing in springtime temperatures by now, with Britain on track for the coldest March since 1962.

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