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Multiple deaths and travel chaos as snow sweeps across Europe

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Multiple deaths have been reported, planes grounded and ferry services disrupted after heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures affected countries across Europe, reported Sky News.

Officials in Poland said at least 10 people had died of the cold in recent days, with temperatures dropping below -20C on Saturday.

A man died in Belgium after his lorry slid off a highway, while the deaths of half a dozen homeless people in Italy were blamed on freezing conditions.

Parts of southern Italy were covered in a metre of snow, according to the ANSA news agency.

In Rome, the fountains in St Peter's Square froze overnight.

It has been the coldest Orthodox Christmas in Russia for 120 years, with the mercury dropping to -30C overnight in Moscow, and to -24C in St Petersburg.

Turkish Airlines cancelled more than 650 flights after Istanbul was hit by heavy snow, while the state-run Anadolu news agency said the Bosphorus Strait had been closed and ferries stopped.

In Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki, temperatures were down to -7C, and down to zero in Athens.

Several Greek islands, including Lesbos, were blanketed in snow.

In the former Olympic ski resort of Sarajevo, in Bosnia, many skiers stayed away from the slopes as temperatures dipped to -27C.

For anyone searching for the coldest temperature in Europe so far this winter, Switzerland is the place to look.

A temperature of -29.9C was recorded in Friday in La Brevine.

The village also holds the record for the coldest-ever recorded temperature in Switzerland with -41.8C on 12 January, 1987.

Read more at skynews.com.

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