Snow Storm 'Medea'

Greece has been hit by the winter storm called 'Medea' leaving Athens, including the ancient Acropolis, blanketed in snow.  It's been the heaviest snowfall in Greece in over 12 years.  The Greek capital's famed monuments and neighbourhoods have taken on a new beauty, adding to their usual charm.  Although heavy snowfall is not uncommon in Greece's northern and mountainous regions, it is very unususl in Athens, making its snowy monuments a rare sight.  Tuesday's snow storm, together with the draconian anti-virus restrictions, left Athens the most quiet it's been in years.  Athens recorded a minimum temperature of -5° Celsius, with some temperatures in northern Greece recording -22° Celsius.  Driving conditions were extremely dangerous and many roads were closed as most public transport ground to a halt.

Many residents of Attica and Evia have been without power for hours, due to the snow storm and strong winds that brought down large trees and damaged power grids.  At least three people died from the 'Medea' cold front as first responders were blocked by snow from reaching them in time.  Health officials put a hold on Coronavirus vaccinations in Attica due to the difficult conditions, with all appointments being rescheduled for another day, so all those in line for their vaccinations will still receive them.  Ermionida was spared the snowfall, but 'Medea' brought gale force winds and rain throughout the area, with temperatures down to 5° Celsius.

The snow storm 'Medea', that left Athens covered in snow on Tuesday, passed through the city on Wednesday and was making its way towards Crete.  The winter storm had left over 40,000 homes in Attica without electricity, water and phone lines for a second day.  After heavy snowfall and strong winds downed trees across the region, Attica's power-grids faced widespread damage.  In the northern suburbs of Athens alone, there were over 400 crew members working 24-hours to fix the area's power-grids.  Due to the severity of the situation, Greece's military has also provided aid and assistance in removing downed trees that were blocking many major roads, and helping to restore damaged power lines.  The 36-hour snow storm was the most intense in the last 40 years, according to the Greek Meteorological data.