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In pictures: Snow hits Rome as ‘beast from the east’ sweeps wintry conditions across Europe

Snow settled around the Colosseum in Rome (Carla Judge/PA Wire)
Snow settled around the Colosseum in Rome (Carla Judge/PA Wire)

ROME has experienced rare snowfall as the ‘beast from the east’ sweeps across Europe.

Yesterday saw the coldest temperatures felt in the city for five years as the mercury dipped below freezing.

Snowball fights broke out in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City as residents of the Italian capital enjoyed the unusual conditions.

Rome’s snow-capped skyline (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A snow blanketed St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

 

The cold snap, which has brought wintry conditions to the UK today, is caused by the phenomenon known as a sudden stratospheric warning.

It has dragged cold air from Siberia westwards across Europe, with snow set to fall as far south as Barcelona.

Temperatures in the UK could hit as low as -15C.

A man walks under a snowfall in front of Castle St. Angelo (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)