Snow made appearance in Rome on Monday, paralyzing the Italian capital for hours, hobbling the public transport system, and road and rail transportation.The army was enlisted to help spread salt and to shovel slush from the city’s streets, where dozens of cars had become stranded.
With schools in the city closed for the day, and hundreds of shops shuttered, many Romans took the unexpected blanket of white in cheerful stride,..taking to the streets to record the snowfall on social media and to wage boisterous snowball fights, including one in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
A Siberian weather front nicknamed the Beast from the East sent temperatures plunging and brought snow and icy conditions to many European countries.
Snow in Rome is rare. It last really fell here in 2012, after nearly 30 years.On Monday, the city awakened under a layer of snow 1.5 to six inches (four to 15 centimeters) deep, depending on the neighborhood.