Rare Snow Blankets Rome as Europe Is Hit With Cold Winter Blast
Rare Snow Blankets Rome as Europe Is Hit With Cold Winter Blast
People make their way past the Colosseum during the snowy conditions in Rome
04 March, 2018, 03:01
Despite those impacts, the snow "brought excited young Romans out to play in the snow or walk in the slush", the AP said.
Piazza Venezia, Rome's central square which is usually a cacophony of vehicle horns and a tangle of traffic, was empty and quiet as dawn broke.
It was the heaviest snowfall to hit Rome in six years.
State-run RTCG TV reported that Montenegro's main Golubovci airport was closed for several hours overnight.
But the freak weather caused the city's mayor, Virginia Raggi, to close public schools on Sunday as a precaution, with many private ones following suit.
Schools in Rome, Italy, are closed for a second day. Priests and students held a snowball fight in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Italian aviation officials said Ryanair, which uses Ciampino as it Italian hub, had chose to cancel all flights to and from the airport. Similar sudden drops in temperature have occurred over North America in recent years and climate researchers say they could become more frequent as global warming further saps strength from the air currents around the pole.
Rome's location near the Mediterranean Sea typically prevents accumulating snow from occurring in the city during winter. Italy's civil protection agency made a decision to deploy the army to clear streets in the capital which were left the city paralysed.
Forecasters say parts of Britain will feel colder than the Arctic Circle because of low temperatures and high winds.
Meteorologists are forecasting unusually low temperatures for early March.
Schools were closed and traffic brought to a standstill, with temperatures across the country plummeting to between minus 4 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit) and minus 8 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the UK Met Office.
Croatia, meanwhile, has been gripped by freezing weather, with even towns along most of the Adriatic coast waking up to temperatures below freezing.
- Russia: Temperatures in Moscow also dropped to this winter's low.
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