Frigid in February: No Weather Relief for Europe
Icy temperatures are still raging throughout Eastern Europe as the death toll continues to rise. Temperatures have dipped to around -20 degrees Celsius (-5 Farenheit), and over 300 people have died because of this frigid weather.
Istanbul is experinecing its coldest temperatures since 1979. Temperatures in Russia have been eight to 10 degrees lower than average, and Serbia recently declared a state of emergency.
Trains, ferries and flights have been suspended across much of the continent, and oil companies are worried about natural gas shortages.
In Austria, authorities closed off access to the continent's second-longest river, the Danube, because of all of the ice. In addition to the transportation problems, there have been reports of accidental fires as well.
Another major concern is the large number of homeless people throughout this region. Many homeless shelters have lifted their ban on allowing intoxicated individuals in, while public buildings have opened their doors to keep the homeless out of the dangerous cold.
With seemingly no end in sight, the region prepares for another round of freezing temperatures this week.