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Bitter cold to continue this week in Germany, Italy, Balkans

Staff Writer |
The lowest temperature in Germany this winter was recorded on Monday morning as the mercury fell to minus 27 Celsius on Zugspitze Mountain in the Alps of southern Germany.

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This bitterly cold air will not be going anywhere any time soon, as the coldest air of the season will remain across Germany for much of the week ahead.

High temperatures on Tuesday will fail to reach 0 C anywhere in the country, with some parts of southern Germany expected to remain below minus 7 C.

While the cold will not be quite as harsh in northern areas, where high temperatures will range from minus 4 to minus 1 C, these areas will have to contend with some snow showers.

A powerful late-winter storm, given the name Storm Emma, will bring rounds of heavy rain, snow and locally damaging winds to parts of the Iberian Peninsula and France this week.

Rain will overspread much of Portugal and Spain on Tuesday, with a mixture of rain and snow falling in the higher terrain north of Madrid.

Conditions will worsen on Wednesday and Thursday as Storm Emma approaches the coast of northern Portugal and northwest Spain.

A snowstorm brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the Balkan Peninsula from Sunday into Monday, while rare snowfall blanketed Rome.

Cold air racing from Siberia all the way through much of Europe set the stage for this uncommon snowfall.

Schools were closed and public transportation was impacted in and around Rome on Monday as people woke up to a winter wonderland, according to the Associated Press.

Snow fell all the way to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, with numerous reports of 2-8 cm (1-3 inches) around Rome. Locally higher amounts were reported in the higher terrain.

Italy’s civil protection agency deployed the army to clear streets in the capital after the snowfall paralyzed Rome.

The snow also caused disruption and closures across parts of northern and central Italy, as well as the Balkan Peninsula.

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