Rome, February 13 – The wave of extreme cold and snow that has gripped Italy for two weeks, claiming at least 57 lives, is set to continue for three or four more days, according to weather forecasts, although the worst seems to have past.
The situation has improved after being critical in many areas at the weekend, especially Emilia Romagna, Marche and Abruzzo, where a number of small towns were cut off by the heavy snow.
Schools and public offices in Rome reopened on Monday after being closed on Saturday and Sunday and the snow that fell at the weekend did not paralyse the capital as it did 10 days ago.
Motorbikes and scooters, however, are not allowed to travel in the capital at the moment for fear of riders sliding on icy patches. Farmers association Coldiretti has said that the cold snap has cost Italy's agriculture sector 1.5 billion euros.(ANSA)