Experts Predict Volcanic Ash Will Disrupt Flights for Several More Days

Posted on April 16, 2010

CNN reports that weather experts are now predicting that the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic ash cloud disrupting flights in Europe could continue beyond this weekend. The cloud has already canceled tens of thousands of flights in Britain alone.
Prevailing westerly winds are expected to fan the massive plume of dust from an erupting volcano in Iceland further east and north, according to predictions from the London Ash Advisory Center.

By 07:00 GMT Saturday (7 p.m. ET) the cloud traveling at up to 9,000 meters (30,000 feet) is forecast to be covering parts of Russia, Poland, Finland and other East European countries while continuing to affect the UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands.
The BBC also reports that air travel across Europe could be delayed for days. Airspace is currently closed in ten countries and partially closed in several more. The AP reports some European travelers are stuck in New York City until the ash cloud finally fades away. Some businesses also rely on products coming in by air from Europe and they need flights to resume ASAP. Take a look: