Naples is covered in more snow than the city has seen in five decades after freezing Siberian winds — dubbed “the beast from the east” — placed much of Europe under a late-winter cold snap, according to the Daily Mail.
Naples’ Capodichino International Airport closed for 90 minutes due to low visibility, while schools throughout the city will remain closed for more than a week due to weather and Italy’s general election.
Forecasters wrongly predicted the city would only receive snow Monday. The surprise flurries Tuesday caused more delays in air, street and rail transportation as the government works to clear the snow, according to the Daily Mail.
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Rome was also hit with its first snowfall in six years Monday. The Italian army was called in to help clear roads and transportation lines to get the capital city running.
Air Force helicopters are flying over the city, surveying conditions, and looking for stranded citizens, according to The Local.
Churches and train stations across Italy were transformed into temporary emergency shelters for the homeless.
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