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SUDDEN heavy snowfall across much of Greece today and gale-force winds in the Aegean sea grounded dozens of flights, forced ships to remain docked in ports and cut power in many areas. Snow flakes even made a brief appearance over the Acropolis in central Athens with heavier snowfall causing traffic disruptions in the capital's northern suburbs. Dozens
of domestic flights from Athens to the islands including Crete, Samos and Milos were cancelled due to the strong winds. Meteorologists said the weather would improve by tomorrow but temperatures would remain below freezing. "The winds will continue to be strong until tonight and temperatures will drop to minus 9 Celsius mainly in northern Greece."

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TURKEY - Cold front brings snow and UNSEASONAL chill - Turkey has been struck by a cold weather front moving into the country from the Black Sea this week, affecting both the eastern and western parts of the country. More than 3,000 village roads around the country were closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall, and some cities were hit by avalanches. Many cities in Turkey have been experiencing freezing cold and heavy snowfall, causing daily life to grind to a halt in eastern, western and central parts of the country. The cold weather is expected to maintain its grip on the country until Friday. Meteorologists have warned farmers to take measures to protect their crops from frost, which is expected to be a threat until Feb. 1 in the inland areas of the Aegean and Mediterranean regions. Temperatures are expected to drop further, below seasonal levels, until Thursday. Both Ýstanbul and Ankara were also hit by strong winds, whereas Ýzmir was struck by a major storm. Image Above: Kayseri-Ankara highway was closed to traffic due to heavy snowfall and a snowstorm as of yesterday.
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