When you think of snowy, European towns, Rome usually doesn’t come to mind. However, it was a winter wonderland on February 26th.
An impromptu snowball fight broke out in St. Peter’s Square as people celebrated their rare snow day.
Seeing #Rome is on lots of people's bucket list, but not many get to see the city when there's #snow on the ground. This is the first #snowfall the city has seen since 2012! Local schools were closed and an emergency snow removal plan was activated. pic.twitter.com/hotYMdLofI
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 26, 2018
The holy city saw its first snowfall since 2012 with much of Europe seeing record cold too. Many people woke up to several inches on the ground Monday morning across the city. This uncharacteristic winter day was all from a blast of cold air that originated from Siberia. The tabloids have nicknamed this arctic front, “The Beast from the East.”
— My Fave Places (@MyFavePlaces) February 26, 2018
The Romans may have to suffer through temperatures well below average throughout this week but they also get to remember the day it snowed in Rome.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Kate Mantych