Athens Covered in Snow

View of the Acropolis on Tuesday morning.

The Greek capital lay covered in a blanket of snow on Tuesday as a weather system dubbed Telemachos pushed down temperatures and brought widespread snowfall to many parts of Greece.

Police stopped all traffic overnight on both the Athens-Thessaloniki and the Athens-Thiva highways due to the dangerous conditions. The Athens-Thessaloniki artery re-opened at around 8 AM local time.

Many roads in the northern suburbs of the Greek capital are still shut down. The wintry conditions will lead to icy stretches on roadways, and travelers have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys.

Schools in several Attica district municipalities will remain closed on Tuesday, according to a letter Attica Regional director Rena Dourou sent to mayors on Monday.

Students had been expected to return to classes on Tuesday, Jan. 8, following the Christmas, New Year and Epiphany holiday season.

The current cold snap is expected to be brief, with the weather set to improve later in the day on Tuesday.