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article imageMediterranean countries hit with last blast of winter

By Stephanie Dearing     Mar 9, 2010 in World
A freak snowstorm has hit the Mediterranean, dumping up to 50 cm of snow on parts of Spain and stranding thousands of travellers in Spain and Southern France.
Europe - The snowstorm was predicted to continue until Thursday for some regions, particularly Corsica and parts of Italy. The normally temperate Mediterranean was turned into a winter wonderland Monday, with the snow storm starting in Spain and moving on to Italy.
The unanticipated storm was not completely out of the ordinary for some countries, such as Spain and France. It's just the time of year combined with the severity of the storm that has caused amazement. Flights and trains were cancelled across southern Europe, and highways and schools were closed. Locations in Spain have received a reported 50 cm of snow already (almost 2 feet), and thousands of people are without power. Parts of Southern France received up to 40 cm of snow. Pisa, Italy will receive an anticipated 7 cm of snow Tuesday, and the cold is expected to last until Thursday.
Barcelona reports that the snow is already melting away.
Europe has limped through an extraordinary winter with storms causing the deaths of around 200 people, schools and flights cancelled and travel hampered.
Normally, Mediterranean countries experience moderate weather, buffered from the storms that hit the Atlantic coast of European countries. Winters are cold, and temperatures can go below freezing. However, temperatures normally sit above freezing, with rain the normal form of precipitation.
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