Snowfall in Rome, Italy

Rome is getting a rare winter treat.

Italy faced its coldest February with record-breaking low  temperatures and yesterday, Romans woke up to snowfall for the first  time in nearly three decades. From the Colosseum, to the Trevi fountain  and the Fori Imperiali there is a fresh dusting of snow. Italians at  Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican were throwing snowballs while others  built snowmen at the nations most historic parks and plazas.

The cold blast is being called the "Beast from the East" by locals  and is expected to last through the week. Meteorologists believe the  intense winter weather came in from Siberia and will reach as far south  as Spain. Many schools and businesses closed for the day as the area  came to a standstill.

Source: New York Times