After no big snowfall for 26 years, Rome is being hit by its second snowstorm in a week.
Snow blanketed Rome today and within two hours, at least 5 cm had accumulated.
Rome’s schools had been closed as a precaution and monuments including the Colosseum were shut down again.
Transport trucks were ordered off national highways, raising fears that food won’t reach stores.
Meantime, the owner of a zoo near Paris reports animals such as giraffes and elephants detest the current cold snap although others such as bears and tigers are happily prowling the grounds including frozen lakes.