Rare snow in Athens shuts down vaccination effort

Andrew Tavani, AccuWeather staff writer

A snowstorm hit Athens on Tuesday, causing disruptions throughout the Greek capital to the ongoing vaccination efforts, not to mention just about all other facets of life in the city. “Vaccinations have been postponed, but we have helped transport doctors and medical staff where they are needed, and we helped power technicians get to damaged electricity pylons in areas where access was difficult,” Vassilis Vathrakoyiannis, a spokesperson for Greece’s fire service said, according to The Associated Press. The blast of winter weather left a snowy scene throughout the capital, including at many of its famous antiquities – like the picturesque scene of the Parthenon captured by AP photographer Petros Giannakouris. Greece has tallied close to 174,000 coronavirus cases and more than 6,100 fatalitiesBy the weekend, the weather in Athens will be back to normal with temps in the mid-50s, according to the AccuWeather forecast.

People enjoy the snow at Filopapos Hill in front the ancient Acropolis hill, with the ruins of the fifth century BC Parthenon temple, in Athens, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. Unusually heavy snowfall blanketed central Athens, with authorities warning residents particularly in the Greek capital’s northern and eastern suburbs to avoid leaving their homes. Coronavirus vaccinations were also temporarily called off. (AP Photo/Petros Giannako

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