At least three people were killed on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, as 'fiercest' snowfall in terms of intensity and volume since 2008 hit Greece, according to the National Meteorological Service. The snowfall caused havoc across the country, including in the capital Athens, mainly resulting in widespread disruption.
Heavy snowfall, accompanied by gale-force winds battered the country on Monday, February 15, which led to delayed transport, power outages, and suspended services.
The cold front dubbed "Medea" sent temperatures dropping, with a maximum low of -19 °C (-2.2 °F) in the northwestern city of Florina.
"The last time we saw so much snow in the center of Athens was in February 2008," meteorologist Costas Lagouvardos told AFP.
On the island of Evia, two elderly men who were suffering from respiratory problems died when their breathing apparatus stopped working during a power outage.
#snapshot Snow carpets the capital as a cold front hits Greece.
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) February 16, 2021
On Crete, a farmer in his 60s was found lifeless in the snow outside his granary at Kaminaki village, east of the island.
The island has been powerless for two days as scores of fallen trees caused local outages in some parts of the greater Athens.
"Our big concern is the electricity grid. We need the patience to resolve this problem which is truly exceptional," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said following an emergency cabinet meeting.
Theodoros Kolydas, head of the meteorological service, noted that this was the country's fiercest snowfall, in terms of intensity and volume, in 12 years.
The weather is forecast to improve from Wednesday, February 17.
Snow in Athens, Greece. pic.twitter.com/vXTx07quXK
— Return to the Mediterranean (@Return2Med) February 16, 2021
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