Cities across the country and the world are facing scorching cold winters this year, with many of them experiencing record snowfall.
From Tennessee to Athens, Greece, icy temperatures have plummeted further this week as the polar vortex engulfs the northern hemisphere.
In recent weeks, Moscow, Chicago, Madrid and more have been covered in snow, in some cases reporting multiple feet of accumulation. The storms in the US particularly intensified during President’s Day weekend.
In Kansas City, residents have been hit by record low temperatures with a wind chill of -32 degrees. Authorities have asked that those who brave the cold make sure to bundle up. And in Texas, millions are left without power as the power grid struggles to keep up during snow and ice storms.
Snow has created dramatic scenes around the world, with historic sites rarely seen as snow powders and roads, usually busy, stopping.
Here are some photos of how snow accumulates around the world:
Athens was hit by a cold weather front earlier this week, covering the city’s streets in snow, according to the Greek City Times. It is a rare site to see the Mediterranean city covered in snow, and many share photos of the ancient Acropolis. covered in white stuff.
The snow is expected to continue through Tuesday.
Heavy snowfall in Moscow, Russia, has brought life to a near standstill for many. What some call a “snow apocalypse” has affected transportation both on the ground and in the air.
The city reported several flight delays, as well as pedestrians struggling to travel, as they also faced wind gusts of nearly 40 mph.
Nearly 22 inches of snow had accumulated in the city as of Saturday, according to Reuters, which also reported that the city set new daily snow records over the weekend.
Scotland, which typically has an average of 15 to 20 days of snow per year, has faced similar challenges with transportation as snow continues to accumulate on its streets.
On Wednesday, meteorologists warned of falling temperatures and strong winds, disrupting travel across the region. Snowfall in the UK has reached almost 50 centimeters, the BBC reported. The UK recorded its coldest temperature in 25 years at Braemar in Aberdeenshire on Wednesday.
The capital of Spain has faced the heaviest snowfall in almost 50 years. A storm that hit the southern and central regions of the country killed three, according to The New York Times.
The blizzards forced the closure of the Madrid-Barajas airport and even suspended train travel in some parts of the city.
Ice and sleet covered Tennessee on Monday, and many areas in the state experienced an accumulation of two inches or more. Memphis reported more than 7 inches of snow and sleet that same day.
Snow, freezing rain and more sleet are expected in the area Wednesday, according to the Tennessean.
Seattle broke a decades-long record this weekend, and the state reported nearly 8.9 inches of snow on Saturday. The heavy snowfall marked the region’s twelfth largest in a single day since 1894, KOMONews reported.
A 90-year-old woman over the weekend reported walking six miles in the snow in order to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
More than 18 inches of snow covered the city of Chicago on Saturday. The city has experienced more snow in the past three weeks than it typically sees in an entire winter, according to The Chicago Tribune.