Much of the United States and Canada has been overtaken by an extreme cold snap, causing travel chaos and warnings from authorities for people to stay inside to avoid frostbite.
Extreme weather warnings have been issued across Europe as the full force of gales and blizzard conditions from Siberia loom. The death toll from freezing temperatures across Europe has risen to at least 48.
Spring has almost sprung in Europe, but Siberian winds sweeping across the continent have brought with them freezing temperatures and have blanketed cities from Moscow to Rome and Dublin in picturesque snow.
A rare snowfall has paralyzed Italy's capital, forcing authorities to shut schools and send in the army to help clear the streets. The Colosseum, the Roman Forum and other major tourist sites were closed to visitors.
Sub-freezing weather in the US is reported to have caused several deaths, with another icy blast set to hit the northeast of the country. Many cities have experienced record low temperatures over the past few days.
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