(LONDON) — While the U.S. basks in relative warm weather this winter, Europe is having one hellacious season.
Reports say a cold snap has left over 260 people dead across the continent, including 122 deaths in Ukraine alone with some temperatures plummeting to below minus 36.5 Fahrenheit. Dozens of people have also died in Poland. The chilling temperatures were also blamed for fatalities in Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia.
Snow, ice and frigid temperatures are wreaking havoc with everyday life in Europe and traveling has turned difficult as airports have shut down and trains are severely delayed.
The unusual cold snap has stretched as far south as Rome, which endured its heaviest snowfall in 27 years over the weekend, grinding traffic in Italy’s biggest city to a halt.
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Michael Pearson, Faith Karimi and Ian Lee, CNN
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