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Snow blankets monuments in Greek capital

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 01:04

A cold spell leaves the monuments of Athens covered in snow. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION Authorities closed schools and daycare facilities in the Greek capital on Tuesday (January 10), and asked residents to stay at home, as heavy snow fell overnight across the greater Athens region. Ancient monuments such as the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis, Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Zeus were covered in thick snow in the early morning hours, with youths keen for a snowball fight venturing out before sunrise. Residents took to brooms and shovels to clear sidewalks and front lawns as streets and cars were buried under the snow. Temperatures dropped below zero degrees celsius, forcing icy roads to be closed to traffic. The Athens municipality opened warm shelters for the elderly and the homeless and advised residents to limit their movements as much as possible. A bitter cold front has been battering the country for three days, causing school and road closures, power and water cuts. People phoned in to radio stations from northern and eastern regions of the country reporting being trapped in their homes due to the heavy snowfall. Meteorologists said the cold front was expected to continue for at least another two days.

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Snow blankets monuments in Greek capital

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 01:04