Brussels: Heavy snowfall couples with sub-zero temperatures in Europe have caused several deaths in a number of countries, including Poland, Italy and Belgium.
This has also caused major disruptions to power, water supplies and transport networks in recent days.
Temperatures as low as -26°C caused ice to form on the Adriatic Sea, the Danube and many smaller rivers, lakes and ponds.
In several places across the continent, planes have been grounded and ferry services disrupted. Heavy snow in Istanbul forced Turkish Airlines to cancel more than 650 flights. The Bosphorus Strait was also closed and ferries stopped completely.
A metre snow buried part of southern Italy and schools were advised not to open on Monday, while in Rome, the fountains in St. Peter’s Square froze over.
Russia experienced the coldest Orthodox Christmas for 120 years, with thermometers reading -30°C overnight in Moscow, and -24°C in St. Petersburg.
Towards the ends of the week, Cold conditions are expected to hit the UK, with snow a possibility across most of the country at some point. The wintry weather was expected to start in the north and spread southwards.
In northern Europe, where residents are accustomed to sub-zero temperatures and snowy winters, Danish police warned about icy and slippery roads after dozens of minor traffic accidents.