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Severe weather brings snow to Athens, Greek islands

ATHENS, GREECE (AP) – A severe weather front hit Greece, with below-freezing temperatures and snowfall in many parts of the country, including the capital Athens and many Aegean islands.

Authorities warned the public to limit their movements outdoors to the essential, while schools shifted to online classes only.

Coronavirus vaccination appointments scheduled for yesterday and today in a children’s hospital in Athens were rescheduled for later in the week in a different location.

The snow came down thick and fast in central Athens. Authorities sent out emergency alerts to cell phones in the wider Athens area yesterday warning of severe snowfall over the next few hours and calling on people to avoid any unnecessary movement. Snow chains were mandatory for cars in parts of the northern fringes of the capital.

Snow is common in the Greek mountains and in the northern part of the country, but is more infrequent in central Athens and on Aegean islands. Last year, the Greek capital was hit by a major snowstorm that caused severe problems, knocking out power for days in certain neighbourhoods and making all streets impassable without snow chains. Thousands of trees buckled and fell from the weight of the snow.

A man shovels a pavement during a snowfall in Agios Steganos, north of Athens. PHOTO: AP