This morning, the Romans woke up with a rare sight: snow for the first time in six years, as the icy winds of Siberia, called the "Eastern Beast", move across Europe and cause a cold spell.
The result? The nuns throwing snowballs in front of the basilicas, the famous monuments sprinkled with white, and the citizens building a snowman using lipstick with makeup brushes for the arms.
A snowman in the Vatican.Photo: Domenico Izzo
This week, Russia's cold front is leading to higher energy and gas prices, possible delays in travel and the rare incident that Iceland is warmer than the Mediterranean countries. According to Earther, a high-pressure region in Scandinavia is causing the winds to circulate around it clockwise, which means that Russian winds are flowing throughout Europe.
The last time it snowed in Rome was in February 2012. On Monday, the temperature in Rome dropped to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). Keep in mind that the maximum average in Rome for February is approximately 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius).
In terms of snow, the capital city saw 4 inches (about 10 centimeters), according to Corriere della Sera, but it was enough to close schools and delay public transport. A drop of 21.2 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 degrees Celsius) is expected to last until Wednesday, but snow should end today.
These are some of the best photos of photo agencies, Twitter and the family of Verge Science, Alessandra Potenza:
Nevada in Piazza Navona, Roma Photo: Massimiliano Natale / Getty Images
Basilica of Saint John Lateran, with nuns playing outside in the snowPhoto: Clemente and Marilina Potenza
Basilica of San Juan de Letrán Photo: Clemente y Marilina Potenza
Roman wallsPhoto: Clemente and Marilina Potenza
Roman Forum Photo: Lorenzo Lanfrit
Statue of San Francisco de AsísPhoto: Clemente and Marilina Potenza
Photo: Domenico Izzo