The cold front, which has blanketed much of northern Greece in snow, originated as cold masses of air that hovered over Central and Northern Europe in the last week.
When the frigid air reached Greece, the country faced a dramatic drop in temperature. On Sunday, temperatures reached icy lows.
Temperatures in western Macedonia, in the north of the country, dropped to a frigid -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday.
In Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest city, the temperature was a frosty -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit), and snow-covered the town.
Across nearly all of northern and central Greece, as well as mountainous regions in the country, snowfall continued from Saturday into Sunday.
Second phase of the cold front on Monday
Metereologists from the National Observatory of Athens expect “Medea” to move into its second phase starting Monday.
This second phase includes snowfall in Athens, Evia, Crete, and the Cycladic islands.
— Katerina Lygoura (@KLygoura) February 14, 2021
Light flurries and rain are expected in Athens late Sunday, which may result in snow on Monday.
The northern suburbs of the Greek capital, particularly Drosia, Dionysus, and Agios Stefanos have already recorded snowfall on Sunday afternoon, indicating that Athens will soon witness some snow.
— Πρώην Barista (@Harry55697269) February 14, 2021
Snow in Greece after warm weather
The cold weather comes as a surprise after the country faced a period of warm, spring-like days, part of a weather phenomenon called “Halcyon Days.”