Cold front ‘Medea’ approaches Athens, leaves Northern Greece snowy

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Winter is almost over in Greece but cold front ‘Medea’ has been sweeping across the country bringing heavy snowfalls and freezing temperatures.

Temperatures in western Macedonia, in the north of Greece, dropped to a frigid -10 degrees Celsius on Sunday, while in Thessaloniki, the temperature was a frosty -2 degrees Celsius and snow covered the town.

In the northern central Macedonia region, snowfall continues but has abated, according to local authorities, but frost will settle in and make roads treacherous, meteorologists warn. Local authorities say travelling could be treacherous without snow chains.

The second phase of the cold front is expected on Monday, with snow expected in the northern suburbs of Athens, Evia, Crete, and the Cycladic islands.

The cold weather comes as a surprise after the country faced a period of warm, spring-like days, part of a weather phenomenon called ‘Halcyon Days.’

READ MORE: Athens records its hottest January in 160 years.

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