Jan. 10, 2019– Mary Greeley News – GREECE has been blighted -23 temperatures and snowfall as Europe is devastated by deadly winter storm that has killed 16 people and sparked travel chaos.
Snowy boats at the beach of Nea Artaki, near Chalkida, Euobea island, Greece
Those living in Athens awoke to the rare sight of snow as some of the city’s most famous monuments became topped with white powder.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus and Acropolis of Athens became almost unrecognizable, while neighboring country Cyprus was also battered by heavy rain and snow.
Istanbul, in Turkey, also saw snowfall – Camlica Mosque on the Asian side of the Bosphorus was framed by a scattering of the white stuff.
But it’s not all picturesque scenes – for some countries the conditions have been deadly.
Mass snowfall has plagued the Alps, forcing resorts to close more than 1,000 miles of ski slopes and 450 ski lifts.
A classic steam engine gets abandoned in the snow near Wernigerode
So far at least 16 people have been reported as dead across Europe as a result of the snow.
And travel chaos has also been unleashed as hundreds of flights are due to be canceled and delayed this week.
A woman digs her car out of the snow in Berchtesgaden, Germany
Flights to and from Austria and Germany have been severely affected by the snow, with the Foreign Office warning travelers to check the status of their flights before making their way to the airport.
Germany has experienced severe flight cancellations and delays over the last few days.
The stormy weather has caused 120 flights from Munich Airport to be cancelled and delayed.
Among the latest to lose their lives in the killer storm a woman who was trapped under an avalanche.
Rescue workers fought to rescue her but failed to pull her to safety.
In the highest peaks of the alps, a popular holiday destination for many at this time of year, 10ft of snow has settled.
The past week has proved deadly for skiers, after a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman who went missing while snowshoeing was found dead near Salzburg in central Austria.
A man shovels snow on a rooftop during heavy snowfall in Filzmoos, Austria
Today forty rescuers with dogs were still searching for two others who went missing while snowshoeing near Hohenberg in Lower Austria, Austrian news agency APA reported.
There was also tragedy in Germany, where a 44-year-old skier died in Wackersberg, Bavaria, when he was hit by tree branches brought down by heavy snow, police said.
A train of the Harzer Schmalspurbahn narrow gauge train got stuck in the snow on the Brocken mountain in the Harz region near Schierke, central Germany
And BBC Weather has issued a red warning for south-eastern parts of Germany and Austria where even more snow is set to fall.
A man chooses to travel by foot as the bus struggles to make it up a hill in Germany
Austrian police said that a 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg as he was skiing with his family on Wednesday.
In Slovakia, a 37-year-old Slovak man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.
A 20-year-old woman died on Saturday after she was buried by an avalanche on the Teisenberg mountain range in Upper Bavaria, near the Austrian border.
The total toll of those killed in stormy weather in Europe over the past week rose to 11 after a Swedish woman, 29, and three Finnish nationals aged 29, 32 and 36 were presumed dead after an avalanche near Tromsoe last Wednesday.
In Austria, the Hochkar alpine road and the entire Hochkar skiing region have been closed because of the high risk of avalanches.
Residents and visitors were asked to leave the region by the end of the day.
Austrian authorities warned skiers not to go off the slopes and not drive their cars unless needed.
According to Sky News meteorologist Chris England, a north to north-easterly wind was bringing “freezing air” from Europe’s colder countries – Poland, Russia, Scandinavia and Ukraine.
Television antennas on Skrzyczne mountain are covered in snow, in Szczyrk, Poland
He said: “That’ll mostly be coming over the cold land as well – unlike the UK, where cold air moving in is generally warmed a bit by the sea.”
Meteorologists have predicted a further 10-40cm of fresh snow to fall in the region by Monday, as across Europe emergency workers ready themselves for further rescue missions.