At least 24 people in Europe are dead from freak winter storm

PHOTO: Snow covered gondolas are seen near St.Mark square in Venice lagoon, Italy, Feb. 28, 2018.PlayManuel Silvestri/Reuters
WATCH Rome covered in rare snowfall

Parts of the Arctic are warmer than areas in Europe after a storm that’s been dubbed “the Beast from the East” sent temperatures plunging across the region, even bringing a rare snowstorm to Rome.

The freezing weather system moving from Siberia toward Western Europe has been blamed for the death of 24 people across the continent, according to the AFP news agency.

Warnings were issued across Britain as heavy snow caused flights out of Heathrow Airport to be canceled. The rail network in London and the wider United Kingdom experienced significant delays.

PHOTO: A dog walks on ice covering the stairs at the shore of Lake Balaton in Fonyod, Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 26, 2018.Gyorgy Varga/EPA/REX/Shutterfly
A dog walks on ice covering the stairs at the shore of Lake Balaton in Fonyod, Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 26, 2018.

PHOTO: A guardsman sits on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, Feb. 28, 2018.Peter Nicholls/Reuters
A guardsman sits on duty in the snow at Horse Guards Parade in London, Feb. 28, 2018.

Meanwhile in Rome, residents were seen skiing and sledding as the Italian civil protection agency was mobilized to help clear the snow from streets.

PHOTO: Snow covers a wine vineyard in Bordeaux, France, Feb. 28, 2018.Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images
Snow covers a wine vineyard in Bordeaux, France, Feb. 28, 2018.

Video also showed frozen canals in Amsterdam -- the first time since 2012. Some brave residents ice skated on the city's waterways.

PHOTO: Snow covered gondolas are seen near St.Mark square in Venice lagoon, Italy, Feb. 28, 2018.Manuel Silvestri/Reuters
Snow covered gondola's are seen near St.Mark square in Venice lagoon, Italy, Feb. 28, 2018.

And it wasn't just residents and commuters who have been affected by the record chill. The car transporting the prime minister of Sweden skidded off a road in the middle of a snowstorm outside of Stockholm. He was uninjured.

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