Over recent days, heavy snow and freezing temperatures have gripped Italy.
Vesuvius is currently covered in powder, to the bemusement of locals, and tourists were reportedly stunned by the sight of archaeological site Pompeii under a white blanket.
Incredible wintry pictures, taken all over Italy, are emerging on social media.
Intense blizzard conditions were filmed in Abruzzo yesterday, Jan 03:
While Europe’s ECMWF model suggests there’s a lot more where that came from:
And all this before the ongoing SSW takes affect in mid-late January.
Grand Solar Minimum