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By Luiza Ilie
BUCHAREST (Reuters)

Two people were found dead in Romania as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights cancelled, road and rail transport disrupted and schools closed on Tuesday

A Siberian weather system forecasters have called the “beast from the east” brought the coldest temperatures for years to many regions. The freeze was expected to continue for much of the week.

 

A car covered with snow is seen in Delnice
A car covered with snow is seen in Delnice, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

 

In southern Romania, an 83-year-old woman from Adancata was found collapsed in the snow and died on the way to hospital, the Institute for Emergency Situations (ISU) said. A 65-year-old man was found dead late on Monday in the eastern county of Suceava, an official told state news agency Agerpres.

 

Visitors take pictures near a frozen rock face at the "Stolby" national nature reserve outside Krasnoyarsk
Visitors take pictures near a frozen rock face at the “Stolby” (Rock Pillars) national nature reserve, with the air temperature at about minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11.2 degrees Fahrenheit), outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

 

Parts of a motorway linking the capital Bucharest to Constanta and dozens of other roads were closed. More than 80 trains and 15 flights were cancelled, Romanian police said, and Romania’s Black Sea ports were closed.

 

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Snow and wind affect the morning traffic in Aalborg, Denmark February 27, 2018. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

 

Record snowfall of 182 cm (72 inches) paralysed the northern Croatian town of Delnice and rescue services took several hours to evacuate residents in the nearby village of Mrzle Vodice. Temperatures hit a low of -20 degrees Celsius in Zavizan on the Velebit mountain.

 

A man walks along the beach during a heavy snowfall in Yevpatoriya
A man walks along the beach during a heavy snowfall in the Black Sea port of Yevpatoriya, Crimea February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov

 

Schools were closed in Bucharest and ten Romanian counties as well as across western and central Croatia.

The roofs of dozens of houses collapsed under the weight of snow in the Unsko-Sanski canton in northwestern Bosnia.

 

A snowstorm arrives at the island Schiermonnikoog
A snowstorm arrives at the island Schiermonnikoog, Waddensea, the Netherlands, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

 

State-run RTCG TV reported that Montenegro‘s main Golubovci airport was closed for several hours overnight.

In Britain, parts of the east saw up to 10 cm of snow and the weather service said temperatures could fall towards -10 degrees Celsius in some rural areas.

 

The water in a fountain is seen frozen solid in Central Malmo
The water in a fountain is seen frozen solid in Central Malmo, Sweden February 26, 2018. TT News Agency/Johan Nilsson/via REUTERS

 

Some schools closed on Tuesday and train services and some flights were cancelled. In London, snow covered some parts of Westminster and a blizzard briefly swept through the Canary Wharf financial district.

A rare snowstorm in Rome on Monday prompted Italian authorities to call in the army to help clear the streets.

 

 

As the storm moved south on Tuesday, Naples saw the most snow since 1956. It blanketed the beach and covered fishing boats in small city ports such as Santa Lucia and Mergellina.

With a snow-covered Mount Vesuvius providing the backdrop, the snow paralysed traffic and train services. Schools were closed in Naples and much of southern Italy.

 

(Additional reporting by Maja Zuvela in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Vasovic in Belgrade, Philip Pullella in Rome; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

 

A man walks next to a boat covered with ice in Bakarac
A man walks next to a boat covered with ice in Bakarac, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

 

A man cleans snow in Delnice
A man cleans snow in Delnice, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

 

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A tractor clears the snow on the main road in the village of Klemensker on the isle of Bornholm as snow and heavy wind hit Denmark, February 27, 2018. Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

 

A woman walks along the embankment during a heavy snowfall in Yevpatoriya
A woman walks along the embankment during a heavy snowfall in the Black Sea port of Yevpatoriya, Crimea February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov

 

A snowstorm, called the 'Lake-effect snow', a rare natural phenomena, arrives at the island Schiermonnikoog
A snowstorm, called the ‘Lake-effect snow’, a rare natural phenomena, arrives at the island Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares

 

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A snowplow clears the highway near the city of Roenne on the isle of Bornholm, as snow and heavy wind hit Denmark, February 27, 2018. Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

 

 

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