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Severe weather brings snow to Athens, Greek Islands

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A severe weather front has hit Greece, with sub-zero temperatures and snowfall in many parts of the country, including the capital Athens and many islands in the Aegean Sea

ATHENS, Greece — A severe weather front has hit Greece, with sub-zero temperatures and snowfall in many parts of the country, including the capital Athens and many Aegean islands.

Authorities warned the public to limit outdoor travel to essentials on Monday and Tuesday, while schools shifted to online-only lessons. Coronavirus vaccination appointments scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at a children’s hospital in Athens have been postponed to another location later in the week.

Snow was falling thick and fast in central Athens, settling on the marble columns of the ancient Acropolis. Authorities sent emergency alerts to cellphones in the wider Athens area on Monday morning, warning of heavy snowfall over the next few hours and calling on people to avoid unnecessary movement. Snow chains were compulsory for cars in some parts of the northern outskirts of the capital.

Snow is common in the Greek mountains and in the northern part of the country, but it is rarer in central Athens and on the Aegean islands. Last year the Greek capital was hit by a major snowstorm which caused serious problems, knocking out electricity for days in some areas and making all streets impassable without snow chains. Thousands of trees buckled and fell under the weight of the snow.

Severe weather brings snow to Athens, Greek Islands

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