Greece is covered by the heaviest snowfall in 12 years
ATHENS – The heaviest snowfall to hit Greece in 12 years triggered power outages, disrupted transportation and trapped people in their homes on Monday.
A cold front swept across the country from Saturday, driving temperatures down to -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) in northern Greece, causing rare snowfall in Athens after a period of unpleasantly warm weather.
The head of the National Meteorological Service, Theodoros Kolydas, said the snowfall was “the hardest, in terms of intensity and volume, in 12 years”.
In the town of Kapandriti, a few miles north of the capital, snow-covered roads and vehicles.
I have not (seen) this in 10, 12 years. There is a lot of snow, said resident Panagiotis Oikonomou when he cleared the entrance to his home with a shovel.
Power outages were reported across mainland Greece and on islands off its east coast that were buzzing with storm winds, the main power operator said.
At least six people have been forced to be rescued from the snow since Sunday, the fire brigade says.
Authorities closed short sections of highways and appealed to the public to avoid non-essential travel.
The meteorological service issued a warning of severe weather on Monday, as the cold front is expected to last until Wednesday and move further south including to the Mediterranean island of Crete.