Two killed as snow, sub-zero temperatures paralyze Europe

BUCHAREST, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Two people were found dead in Romania as snow and sub-zero temperatures across much of Europe saw flights canceled, road and rail transport disrupted and schools closed on Tuesday.

A Siberian weather system forecasters have called the "beast from the east" brought the coldest temperatures for years to many regions. The freeze was expected to continue for much of the week.

In southern Romania, an 83-year-old woman from Adancata was found collapsed in the snow and died on the way to hospital, the Institute for Emergency Situations (ISU) said. A 65-year-old man was found dead late on Monday in the eastern county of Suceava, an official told state news agency Agerpres.

Parts of a motorway linking the capital Bucharest to Constanta and dozens of other roads were closed. More than 80 trains and 15 flights were canceled, Romanian police said, and Romania's Black Sea ports were closed.

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'Beast from the East' storm bombards Europe with snow, sub-zero temperatures
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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: A guard stands in a guard box in front of Buckingham Palace during a snow flurry on February 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
STAITHES, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Snow covers the Yorkshire Coast on February 27, 2018 in Staithes, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Tom White/Getty Images)
LEIGH ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: Harrison Cox enjoys sledging down a snow covered hill on February 27, 2018 in Leigh on Sea, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
Otta the Dalmation dog sits in the fallen snow in Dublin, Ireland February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
A car covered with snow is seen in Delnice, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
ROCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: Children roll snowmen in the Castle grounds on February 27, 2018 in Rochester, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Picture taken with a drone shows snow-covered sailing ships mooring at the boatyard harbour of Kirchdorf on the Baltic Sea island of Poel, northeastern Germany, where bays risk to freeze due to permafrost and night temperatures below minus ten degrees Celsius, on February 27, 2018. A blast of Siberian weather dubbed 'The Beast from the East' sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Jens B�ttner / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read JENS BUTTNER/AFP/Getty Images)
Snow covers the beach in the sea side resort of Scarborough in North Yorkshire on February 27, 2018. A blast of Siberian weather sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe on Tuesday, causing headaches for travellers and leading to several deaths from exposure as snow carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony Devlin (Photo credit should read ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
COLCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: Icicles hang from a frozen elephant fountain on February 27, 2018 in Colchester, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
A woman holds an umbrella during a snow flurry in Dublin, Ireland February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
ROCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: A young man takes a running jump down a snow covered hill with his sledge on February 27, 2018 in Rochester, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Two girls take photos in the snow in St James's Park in London, Britain, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Summers
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: Snow covers the beach and a statue at Antony Gormley's art installation 'Another Place' at Crosby Beach on February 27, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A horse stands in a snow covered field in Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Britain, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Carl Recine
People make their way through snow in Canary Wharf, London, Britain, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People walk under the falling snow in Delnice, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
A man removes snow from a car in Delnice, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
Snow is seen in front of Elbphilharmonie (Philharmonic Hall) in Hamburg, Germany, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
People walk during a snow storm in Canary Wharf in London, Britain February 27, 2018 REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
People walk under the falling snow in Delnice, Croatia February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
A boy plays in the snow next to the Angel of the North statue near Gateshead, Britain, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Scott Heppell
A snowstorm, called the 'Lake-effect snow', a rare natural phenomena, arrives at the island Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Cris Toala Olivares
ROCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: People use their sleds in the snow in Jackson's Fields on February 27, 2018 in Rochester, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A woman walks the main road in the village of Klemensker on the isle of Bornholm as snow and heavy wind hit Denmark, February 27, 2018. Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
Snow is seen in front of Elbphilharmonie (Philharmonic Hall) in Hamburg, Germany, February 27, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
Snow and wind affect the morning traffic in Aalborg, Denmark February 27, 2018. Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
A tractor clears the snow on the main road in the village of Klemensker on the isle of Bornholm as snow and heavy wind hit Denmark, February 27, 2018. Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. DENMARK OUT.
NAPLES, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2018/02/27: Neapolitan children play during the extraordinary snowfall that has whitened the city. Bad weather comes from the Siberian region and has been called Burian. (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
SHORNE RIDGEWAY, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: A Robin sits on a snowy branch in Shorne Woods Country Park on February 27, 2018 in Shorne Ridgeway, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A picture taken on February 27, 2018 shows ice blocks on the partially frozen Vistula river in the Polish capital Warsaw. A blast of Siberian weather sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe, carpeting palm-lined beaches in snow and prompting warnings for the homeless and elderly people. / AFP PHOTO / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: A bus and a taxi wait at a red light as snow falls in Westminster on February 27, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Police pictured outside Horse Guard's Parade as snow falls on February 27, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Icicles on rocks at the Glencree River near Enniskerry, as heavy snowfall is affecting roads across the UK after several centimetres fell in some parts over night. (Photo by Niall Carson/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: A guard stand by his guard box in front of Buckingham Palace during a snow flurry on February 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Ice covers some of the water in front of the Queen Victoria Memorial following snow flurry on February 26, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
CASERTA, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2018/02/27: A snowman in front of the Royal Palace of Caserta, Campania region, southern Italy, after the arrival of Burian with its cold winds of Siberia. (Photo by Manuela Ricci/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
NAPOLI, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2018/02/27: Neapolitan children play near Maschio Angioino during the extraordinary snowfall that has whitened the city. Bad weather comes from the Siberian region and has been called Burian. (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
NAPOLI, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2018/02/27: Neapolitan children play during the extraordinary snowfall that has whitened the city. Bad weather comes from the Siberian region and has been called Burian. (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
NAPOLI, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2018/02/27: Snow-covered boats in the port under Castel dell'Ovo during the extraordinary snowfall that has whitened the city. Bad weather comes from the Siberian region and has been called Burian. (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
NAPLES, CAMPANIA, ITALY - 2018/02/27: A view of Naples during the extraordinary snowfall that has whitened the city. Bad weather comes from the Siberian region and has been called Burian. (Photo by Mario Laporta/KONTROLAB /LightRocket via Getty Images)
A taxi in the snow outside Buckingham Palace, London, as heavy snowfall is affecting roads across the UK on Tuesday morning after several centimetres fell in some parts over the night. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
People walk over a snowy Millennium Bridge, in London, as heavy snowfall is affecting roads across the UK on Tuesday morning after several centimetres fell in some parts over the night. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Pedestrians cross the millennium bridge as heavy snowfall hits London on February 27, 2018. A blast of Siberian weather sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe on Tuesday, causing headaches for travellers and leading to several deaths from exposure as snow carpeted palm-lined Mediterranean beaches. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LEIGH ON SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: Adults enjoy the snow as they sledge down a snow covered hill on February 27, 2018 in Leigh on Sea, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
ROCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: Members of the public enjoy the snow in Jackson's Fields on February 27, 2018 in Rochester, United Kingdom. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LARGELY PARK, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Snow tops the roofs of Langley Park near Durham on February 27, 2018 in Langley Park, England. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the 'Beast from the East' brings snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images)
Picture taken with a drone shows a snow-covered sailing ship mooring in Kirchdorf on the Baltic Sea island of Poel, northeastern Germany, where bays risk to freeze due to permafrost and night temperatures below minus ten degrees Celsius, on February 27, 2018. A blast of Siberian weather dubbed 'The Beast from the East' sent temperatures plunging across much of Europe. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Jens B�ttner / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read JENS BUTTNER/AFP/Getty Images)
SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: A dog plays with a piece of seaweed as it enjoys the snow on the beach on February 27, 2018 in Saltburn-By-The-Sea, England. A cold weather front from Russia brings snow across much of the UK with further snow showers pushing in from the east. The cold weather is set to continue through the week with frequent snow showers in the east of England and along the coast in the south-west. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
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Record snowfall of 72 inches paralyzed the northern Croatian town of Delnice and rescue services took several hours to evacuate residents in the nearby village of Mrzle Vodice. Temperatures hit a low of -20 degrees Celsius in Zavizan on the Velebit mountain.

Schools were closed in Bucharest and ten Romanian counties as well as across western and central Croatia.

The roofs of dozens of houses collapsed under the weight of snow in the Unsko-Sanski canton in northwestern Bosnia.

State-run RTCG TV reported that Montenegro's main Golubovci airport was closed for several hours overnight.

In Britain, parts of the east saw up to 10 cm of snow and the weather service said temperatures could fall towards -10 degrees Celsius in some rural areas.

Some schools closed on Tuesday and train services and some flights were canceled. In London, snow covered some parts of Westminster and a blizzard briefly swept through the Canary Wharf financial district.

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A priest plays with snow during a heavy snowfall in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Dogs during a snow storm at the Arch of Constantine on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years while many other European cities also have freezing weather. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: A snowman in front of the Colosseum during a snow storm on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years while many other European cities also have freezing weather. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
People play with the snow as Saint Peter's Basilica dome is seen in the background after a heavy snowfall in Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Buidlings covered in snow following a storm on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years while many other European cities also have freezing weather. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
Nuns walk past a bike covered in snow during a heavy snowfall in Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man walks during a heavy snowfall in downtown Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A worker removes the snow at the Campidoglio palace during an heavy snowfall in Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
Statues are seen covered by snow during a heavy snowfall in Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
Roofs are seen covered in snow during a heavy snowfall in downtown Rome, Italy February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
A man skis during a heavy snowfall in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
*** ITALY OUT ***ROME ITALY FEBRUARY 26: A snow man is pictured in the Saint Peter square in Vatican RAVAGLIPHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Ravagli / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Marco Ravagli / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** ITALY OUT ***ROME ITALY FEBRUARY 26:Piazza San Pietro after the heavy snowfall that struck Rome in the early hours of the morning RAVAGLIPHOTOPHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Ravagli / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read Marco Ravagli / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
A young priest throws a snow ball during a heavy snowfall in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Max Rossi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: A person walks following a snow storm on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. Rome is seeing snow for the first time in six years while many other European cities also have freezing weather. (Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: The snow-covered traffic lights in the San Lorenzo district on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. The 'Beast from the East', an arctic storm set record low temperatures across much of Europe, with Rome seeing it's first snowfall in years (Photo by Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Children play at the Pineto's park overlooking the Vatican after the snowfall in the night on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: The sculpture on St. Peter's colonnade at Vatican after the snowfall in the night on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Children play at the Pineto's park overlooking the Vatican after the snowfall in the night on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Trees lay on the road after ahftwer heavy snow fall Tiburtina street in the San Lorenzo district on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. The 'Beast from the East', an arctic storm set record low temperatures across much of Europe, with Rome seeing it's first snowfall in years (Photo by Stefano Montesi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Children play in St. Peter's square at Vatican after the snowfall in the night on February 26, 2018 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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A rare snowstorm in Rome on Monday prompted Italian authorities to call in the army to help clear the streets.

As the storm moved south on Tuesday, Naples saw the most snow since 1956. It blanketed the beach and covered fishing boats in small city ports such as Santa Lucia and Mergellina.

With a snow-covered Mount Vesuvius providing the backdrop, the snow paralyzed traffic and train services. Schools were closed in Naples and much of southern Italy.

(Additional reporting by Maja Zuvela in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Vasovic in Belgrade, Philip Pullella in Rome; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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