Extreme Weather 

“Hail, Caesar!” — Severe Storms Hit Rome — Heavy Snow in Abruzzo

Swathes of southern and central Italy are on high alert Monday after a wave of wintry weather swept across the country bringing hail, snow, flooding and strong winds.

An area of low pressure moving south from northern Europe has brought an abrupt end to Italy’s Indian summer, with temperatures dropping by as much as 10C in a matter of hours.

Torrential rain and monster hailstones led to commuter chaos, causing some motorists to abandon their semi-submerged cars on flooded roads.

Rome’s public transport provider ATAC has closed four metro stations due to flooding.

The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, announced that emergency teams were working throughout the night to “restore the situation to normal as quickly as possible.”

Central Italy also saw large snow accumulations at 1450m elevations.

Severe Weather EU posted a tweet showing difficult driving conditions in the Abruzzo region:

GSM = atmospheric compression events

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