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Winter Wonderland: Unusual Weather Blankets Acropolis In Athens With Thick Layer Of Snow

Indiatimes logo Indiatimes 17-02-2021 KC Archana
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Unusual weather blanketed the Acropolis with snow and the scene looks absolutely surreal. Snow is a rare sight in Athens, but much of Europe has been experiencing unusually frigid temperatures in the past week. 

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According to the Associated Press, workers at the Eiffel Tower in France had to use a blowtorch to melt ice collecting on the monument. 

Significant snowstorms also hit the United Kingdom and much of Eastern Europe as a series of low-pressure systems brought cold Arctic air southward, where it collided with moist, warmer air over the continent. 


Fire Service spokesman Vassilis Vathrakoyiannis said the service had received more than 600 calls for assistance in greater Athens.

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"The calls mainly concerned downed trees and transporting people stuck in their vehicles to a safe place, but also to transport kidney dialysis patients to receive treatment," he told state TV.

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"Vaccinations have been postponed but we have helped transport doctors and medical staff where they are needed and we helped power technicians get to damaged electricity pylons in areas where access was difficult," he said.

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In Athens power outages and the shutdown of public transportation due to the snowfall were the biggest problems. Others considered the snow as a rare opportunity to take out their skis.   

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