It's been dubbed the 'Beast from the East': a Siberian weather system has brought snow, strong winds and the coldest temperatures for years across the continent. And the freeze is expected to continue.
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.
Soldiers have been helping rescue services reach people trapped by heavy snowfall. Storm Emma slammed both countries after another winter storm that originated in Russia hit earlier in the 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.
Police in France say at least four people have died in an avalanche in the southern Alps near the border with Italy. A rescue operation is underway for another person believed to be missing.
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