The early onset of winter has led to heavy snowfall and icy roads in northern Europe, causing problems and dangerous driving conditions, and German media reported at least two deaths and children stranded overnight at school.

The Scandinavian Peninsula also has unusually low temperatures for November. Mercury in almost all of Sweden, Denmark and Norway showed well below zero.

According to public broadcaster NRC, on Monday in several places along Norway's west coast recorded record low temperatures for the month.

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Snow and icy roads have mostly affected the western German state of Hesse, with power outages due to fallen trees in some places. Throughout the state of Hesse, road accidents have been recorded with injuries and trees that have fallen under the weight of snow.

Drivers were trapped in their cars and about 55 people had to be rescued because of fallen trees. Students and staff of one school had to spend the night in the building because of a problem with school buses. Firefighters organized dormitories for 27 people, including <> children.

Winter weather has caused chaos elsewhere in the country. There have been numerous reports of road accidents in Berlin and the neighbouring state of Brandenburg. In neighbouring Saxony-Anhalt, a school bus carrying 16 children fell into a ditch yesterday because of the slippery road surface. One child was injured, police said.

In the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg, a 71-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision on a slippery road on Monday evening and a 54-year-old driver was killed in an accident on a slippery road in the neighbouring state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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