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New wave of snow storm hits Greece, traffic disrupted, schools closed

ATHENS, Feb. 20 — Greeks woke up on Thursday to a heavy blanket of snow and below freezing temperatures due to overnight snowfall.

The new wave of extreme weather conditions hit major parts of the country and Athens with heavy snow storm, strong wind and subzero temperatures, causing major disruptions in transportation nationwide.

In the morning hours, many parts of national and provincial roads remained closed. The use of snow chains was necessary for the vehicles, due to the intense snowfall.

In addition, several schools including in the periphery of Attica prefecture were shut down or opened later in the morning due to frosty conditions.

Temperatures plunged as low as minus 5 Celsius degrees in the region of Macedonia and Thrace in northern Greece and minus 10 Celsius in the Lasithi Plateau in eastern Crete, which was among the areas hardest hit by the snow.

According to the national meteorological service, the snowfall will continue in the eastern part of the country and the islands on Thursday, with temperatures reaching between 1 to 13 Celsius degrees. (PNA/Xinhua)

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