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Arctic storm brings rare snowfall to Rome

Schools closed and public transport disrupted

Romans have awoken to a rare snowfall, after an Arctic storm passing over much of Europe dumped enough snow to force schools to close and public transport to reduce services.

Rome's Mediterranean climate and proximity to the sea usually result in mild winters, such that restaurants often keep outdoor seating open even through the coldest months of the year.

As a result, the Monday morning snowfall, though not huge in quantity, brought excited young Romans out for a rare snowball fight or walk in the slush.

Mayor Virginia Raggi signed an ordinance Sunday evening closing public schools as a precaution, and many private ones followed suit.

Elsewhere in much of northern and central Italy, the storm also closed schools, disrupted transport and also hit sporting fixtures.

Juventus' Serie A football match against Atalanta in Turin was called off just after the scheduled kick off yesterday.

Updated: February 26, 2018 01:00 PM