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live Happy first snow, Athens!

08 January 2013 / 12:01:37  GRReporter
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Heavy snow began to fall in the Greek capital in the early hours of the morning, accompanied by strong winds. The schools in seven Athenian suburbs in the northern part of the city - Dionysus, Anixi, Stamata, Palea and Nea Pendeli and Agios Stefanos - have been closed due to the snowstorm. Dozens of machines are cleaning the roads, but many roads on the mountains of Parnitha and Pendeli including some central avenues have been closed.

The municipality in the capital has opened three buildings in the central part of the city to shelter the homeless in the freezing January night. They will remain open on Wednesday too, when the snowstorm is expected to weaken. An emergency telephone line, 1960, has been operating since midnight to which the citizens can report people needing immediate assistance.

The National Weather Service warns that in the next few hours, the snowfall will be heavier and the maximum temperature in Athens will not exceed 5°C. Frost is expected in the late afternoon hours, which has become typical for the villages in northern Greece since yesterday.

To be continued

Tags: SnowSnowstormAthensClosed schoolsClosed roadsLow temperatures
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