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Big Chill Envelops Greece in Mid-March

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The scene at the Athens Thessaloniki motorway near the town of Avlona, north of Athens, on Thursday morning. Credit: Greek Reporter

Greece’s big chill continues on Friday as the country is under a cold snap with temperatures far below freezing Celsius, according to the Meteo weather service.

Extremely low temperatures and deep frost were recorded on Friday morning, especially in the central and northern parts of the country, with the lowest temperature of -16.1C (3.2 F) recorded at Seli, Imathia.

Below freezing temperatures were also recorded at Vlasti, Kozani (-15.5 C), Aghios Pavlos, Imathia (- 14.3 C), Mavrolithari, Fokida (-13.9 C), Aghios Dimitrios, Olympus (-13.4 C), Pertouli, Trikala (- 13.1 C) and in Volakas, Nevrokopi (-13.1 C).

The cold weather phenomenon dubbed “Filippos” that has brought heavy snowfall to many parts of Greece is expected to last until Sunday.

Big chill in Greece brings heavy snowfall

The storm called “Filippos” brought snow even to Athens and several other regions of the country. The civil protection service sent out a new message to residents of Attica, Viotia, Fthiotida and Evia, on Thursday afternoon, with a strong recommendation to avoid all non-essential travel and use snow chains while Filippos is underway.

“We repeat a strong recommendation for the avoidance of non-essential travel and use of snow chains in Attica, Viotia, Ftiotida and Evia. Dangerous weather phenomena in progress,” the message said.

Several roads in the northern suburbs of the Greek capital were closed on Thursday and police forbade vehicles not equipped with snow chains on the main highway to Thessaloniki and the old Elefsina-Thebes national road.



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