Many parts of Europe were covered in snow in mid-January 2021.
19 January 2021
18 January 2021
By Jochen Kerkmann and José Prieto (EUMETSAT) and Ivan Smiljanic (CGI)
Although it's not unusual to get snow in January in Europe, it is more unusual to see so much of Europe covered at the same time. The Meteosat-11 and MODIS imagery shows that there was snow on the ground in areas from Spain up to Russia and from Finland across to Greece.
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