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Large swaths of Greece become winter wonderlands

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Snow has covered a large part of Greece, even lower elevations, over the weekend.

Early in the day, snow fell in northern and central Aegean islands and the southern parts of the Halkidiki Peninsula, in northern Greece.

Later, the snowfall extended to eastern portions of the mainland, including the Athens region, as well as the Cyclades islands and Crete.

This extreme weather comes as the Elpis weather front travels across Greece, bringing with it low temperatures, heavy snowfall and gale force winds.

According to Ekathimerini, temperatures throughout Greece gradually fell from Saturday, with highs of no more than to 3 degrees Celsius expected from Monday to Wednesday. There will be heavy frost, especially in the central and northern regions of the country.

The cold snap will also see schools shut on Monday and Tuesday in the Attica region – which includes the capital Athens.

“We want to ensure the health and safety of the students and teaching personnel,” Attica regional governor, Giorgos Patoulis, said.

Schools will also close in most of the Central Greece region, as well as Crete.

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