After unusually mild weather in December, the start of 2016 has brought freezing temperatures to much of the continent. For fans of winter sports, conditions are finally right for taking to the slopes.
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.
The mayor of a Brussels neighborhood has said homeless people sleeping in parts of the city will be detained overnight if they refuse shelter. Brussels' 3,000 homeless face expected subfreezing temperatures this week.
As record amounts of late-winter snow cover areas of northern Europe, a new storm from the south has brought freezing rain and thunderstorms to the continent. Subzero temperatures have killed dozens since last Friday.
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.
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