Bad weather front Carmel has brought snow in Athens even at low altitudes of 300 meters. Carmel is pounding central and south Greece with snow, freezing temperatures and ice cold winds since Friday afternoon. Several villages on Evie without electricity.
Snow has been heavily falling in North-West Attica and authotiries have halted traffic to roads leading to Mt Parnitha, a favorite excursion spot of Athenian families when snow is falling.
Road traffic on Parnitha Avenue towards the casino and also on Filis Road was closed off on Saturday afternoon due to snowfall. In an announcement, the Hellenic Police noted that Parnitha Avenue was closed from the cable car station at the base of Mt. Parnitha, and on Filis Road from the Holy Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the direction to Dervenochoria.
Covered with snow are also the village of Villia, the suburb of northern Athens Ippokratios Politia.
At least six villages on the island of Evia, 50 km away from the Greek capital, are suffering power outage as the snow brought down a medium-voltage power pole, the mayor of Mandoudi/Agia anna, Giorgos Tsampourniotis, told local media evima.gr
The National Meteorological Service (EMY) said the sharp drop in temperature brought about by the arrival of polar air masses from the north, which are expected to affect the region through December 20.
Video: Snow in central Greec
Meteorological services have issued a weather warning (details here
) due to Carmel that is expected to affect also the island of Crete and Peloponnese.
In Attica, the snowfall is forecast to be to over 300 meters of altitude in the western and northern parts of the prefecture, while in the other areas there will be rainfall. In the northern suburbs there will be snowfall or sleet at an altitude of about 300 meters, with snowfall expected at over 400-500 meter.
Meteo Forecast snow & Rain Saturday night, Sunday
sources: cnn.gr, newsit.gr, pelop.gr