Greece still gripped by cold snap

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Greece was gripped by a cold snap, its worst this season, for a third consecutive day on Wednesday, with travel in sea and mountainous areas disrupted by gale-force winds and heavy snowfall.

Ships remained docked at ports across the country as winds were blowing with up to 10 on the Beaufort scale. No major disruptions have been reported in flights, but rural roads in mountainous areas in northern Greece, the Peloponnese peninsula and Crete Island require snow chains and a dozen remote villages have been cut off.

The thermometer has dropped to minus 3 Celsius degrees in the city of Kastoria in northern Greece, while it shows temperatures close to zero in other mountainous regions.

In Athens, motorists are advised to use snow chains to reach Mount Parnitha, but weather conditions have improved compared to Tuesday when the Fire Brigade responded to some 600 telephone calls to pump water from flooded basements and remove fallen trees from blocked roads.

No serious injuries, major power cuts or extensive material damage have been reported to authorities who advise commuters to avoid unnecessary travels, as meteorologists predict that the bad weather conditions will persist to Friday.

Rescue workers are still searching for a fisherman who is missing since Monday in the lake of Kerkini in northern Greece.

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