Rare Snow Snarls Travel in Rome, Creates Winter Wonderland
04 March, 2018, 03:04 | Author: Kristi Dunn
Romans woke up to a rare snowfall on Monday, after an Arctic storm passing over much of Europe dumped enough snow to force schools to close and public transport to reduce services. Italy's civil protection agency even mobilised the army to help clear slush-covered streets as a city used to mild winters was covered by a thick blanket of snow.
It was the heaviest snowfall to hit Rome in six years. The weather has shut down schools, flights, and several tourist attractions, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Pictures also show a priest throwing snowballs in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
A blast of Siberian weather dubbed "The Beast from the East" sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe early Tuesday as commuters braced themselves for another day of travel chaos.
Look through this gallery to see lovely pictures of Italy's famous sights as snow covers the capital city. Only Rome's main airport, Fiumicino was operating.
As a result of the closures, Ryanair had canceled all flights to and from Ciampino Sunday, with hundreds of delays carrying over into Monday.
In Brussels, authorities said homeless people sleeping in parts of the city would be detained overnight if they refused shelter, to protect them from sub-zero temperatures this week.
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Rome's location near the Mediterranean Sea typically prevents accumulating snow from occurring in the city during winter.
Special cross-country skiing courses were set up in parks in Vienna as temperatures dropped to as low as minus 20 C across Austria.
Schools were ordered closed in the Italian capital and many people could not reach their places of work.
Temperatures have dropped to freezing even along the Adriatic coast.
Meteorologists in Germany, meanwhile, reported a record low for this winter of -27 C (-16.6 F) on the Zugspitze mountain in the Alps.
"Parts of England and Wales are likely to see their coldest spell of weather since at least 2013 - perhaps 1991", said the Met Office's chief forecaster Frank Saunders.
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