Residents of the Greek capital of Athens woke today to rare snowfall as the country shivered in the grip of a cold spell.

Snow covered sandy beaches and beach umbrellas on the coast.

Most schools around Athens and the rest of the country were closed.

In the village of Grammatiko, about 45km from downtown Athens, residents dug out their cars and front walks buried under snowfall.

Local media reported power cuts in regions of the country and some villages were snowed under.

Railway and bus services were also disrupted.

Temperatures as low as -23 degrees Celsius were recorded in the region of Florina in the north of the country.

In Athens, meteorologists predicted temperatures as low as one degree Celsius.


 


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