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Greece plummets to record -23C as European cold snap sees 'enormous' dumping of snow

The Independent logo The Independent 09/01/2019 Tom Embury-Dennis

a herd of sheep grazing on a rocky hill © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Temperatures in Greece have hit record lows and Athens has seen a rare dusting of snow, as deadly winter weather continues to pummel Europe.

Snow partly blocks the entrance of a house during heavy snowfall in Goestling, Austria © Thomson Reuters Snow partly blocks the entrance of a house during heavy snowfall in Goestling, Austria

Northern Greece saw an all-time low of -23C on Tuesday, which was recorded in the city of Florina - disrupting roads, rail and bus services.

A man removes snow from a road during heavy snowfall in Eisenerz, Austria © Thomson Reuters A man removes snow from a road during heavy snowfall in Eisenerz, Austria While tourists at the Acropolis were treated to a snow-globe scene on Tuesday, locals had to contend with roads made impassable by ice and many schools were closed in the Athens region.

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Heavy rain and snow was also reported on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is more used to protracted periods of drought.

Snow covers a church bell in Kfardebian, Lebanon © Thomson Reuters Snow covers a church bell in Kfardebian, Lebanon

In Austria, authorities are issuing the highest avalanche warning possible for several regions, while more than 350 residents in Bavaria were snowed in and a teacher was killed while skiing in the Alps.

Pigeons fly in front of a man after a snowfall at the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece © ASSOCIATED PRESS Pigeons fly in front of a man after a snowfall at the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece

At least 14 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe over the last week.

Trees are covered with snow during heavy snowfall near Goestling, Austria © Thomson Reuters Trees are covered with snow during heavy snowfall near Goestling, Austria

Schools remained closed in parts of Austria and southern Germany on Wednesday, several roads and highways were blocked leading to a 20km traffic jam near Munich and trucks had to deliver food to the snowed-in Bavarian community Buchenhoehe near Berchtesgarden as snow continued falling across the northern Alps.

Lebanese soldiers walk on a snow-covered road as they return to their base camp in the village of Dahr el-Baydar, Mount Lebanon © Associated Press Lebanese soldiers walk on a snow-covered road as they return to their base camp in the village of Dahr el-Baydar, Mount Lebanon

Austrian news agency APA reported that a 62-year-old teacher was killed while skiing in Mariazeller Buergeralpe in Austria when he fell and got buried in a snowbank.

Snow covers a Jesus Christ figure near Szczyrk, Poland © Thomson Reuters Snow covers a Jesus Christ figure near Szczyrk, Poland

Forecasters reported "enormous" amounts of snow being dumped in Pizzoferrato, a town in southern Italy.

Many slopes have been closed as a precaution.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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