Record temperatures across much of Europe.
“In Germany, certain parts have reported record low temperatures of minus 27 degrees Celsius (minus 16.6F),” said rt.com. In Moscow, the mercury dipped to nearly -20 C (-4 F).
Temperatures in Bucharest, Romania fell as low minus 8C, with the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations calling in 5,000 officials to help people adversely affected by the cold.
Just a few centimeters (inches) of snow blanketed Rome but it was enough to paralyze the city. “Italy sends in army to combat Siberian ‘beast from the east’,” read the headline on rt.com.
Same in Croatia, which deployed some 1,000 soldiers to clear snow in the worst-affected areas which have been ground to a halt by up to 1.5 meters (5ft) of snow, reports The State.
Neighboring Bulgaria experienced snowdrifts of as much as 40cm (16 inches) in some parts.
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