The Big Chill

The effects of Europe’s record-setting cold snap.

Europe has been shocked in recent weeks with an unprecedented amount of snow and freezing temperatures, which has resulted in deaths, hospitalizations and closings of everything from schools to shipping routes. According to the news agency Ukrinform, there are 120 ships trapped in the ice on the Kerch Strait, a portion of water linking the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea. Parts of the Danube River, one of the most important waterways in Europe and one used heavily for trade, have frozen for the first time in 25 years. And it appears that Punxsutawney Phil was correct and there is more winter on the way, Europe is bracing for what is forecasted to be another weekend of wintery weather. But, despite the predictions for a foot of snow in Rome tonight, don’t worry — the Six Nations Rugby match between Italy and England will still be played on Saturday according to schedule.