Romans Wake Up to Rare Snowfall

Winter storm blankets the city
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 26, 2018 2:41 AM CST
A view of Rome's snow-capped skyline, with the Monument of the Unknown Soldier seen at right, after a snowfall, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – Romans have awoken to a rare snowfall, after an Arctic storm passing over much of Europe dumped enough snow to force schools to close and public transport to reduce services. Rome's Mediterranean climate and proximity to the sea usually result in mild winters, such that restaurants often keep outdoor seating open even through the coldest months of the year. As a result, the Monday morning snowfall, though not huge in quantity, brought excited young Romans out for a rare snowball fight or walk in the slush, the AP reports. Mayor Virginia Raggi signed an ordinance Sunday evening closing public schools as a precaution, and many private ones followed suit. (Earlier this month, children in Moscow were given the first snow day anybody can remember.)

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