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.
— Molly Burhans (@MollyAHBurhans) February 26, 2018
Snow in Rome ❄❄❄
It's a very rare event!! 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/YRDayfVsCf
— Manuela ☁🎈☁☁ (@onlyellow) February 26, 2018
Snowball fights broke out in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City as residents of the Italian capital enjoyed the unusual conditions.
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.