What is the difference between "due to" and "owing to"?
‘Due to’ means ‘caused by’. So if you could put ‘caused by’ into the sentence instead and it sounds okay, you can use ‘due to’.
‘Owing to’ means ‘because of’, which is not interchangeable with ‘caused by’.
An illustration of the pain this has caused me:
(you can’t say ROAD CLOSED CAUSED BY SNOW, can you? no! it sounds weird!)
(ROAD CLOSED BECAUSE OF SNOW. bearable.)
(ROAD CLOSURE CAUSED BY SNOW. lets you keep ‘due to’ which I admit is a way better phrase than the alternative.)
Literally five people in the world care about this. My mother (a contract law specialist, and therefore a Precise Terms expert) taught it to me when I was very young. The only thing this knowledge has ever brought me is anger. And now I give it to you.