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Europe’s “Beast from the East” storm has brought severely cold weather to regions that haven’t seen snow in years. And while the sudden temp drop has been a total head scratcher (and kinda concerning), it has at least brought some incredibly picturesque images of Rome, Italy, covered in a fresh blanket of beautiful white snow like never before. Take a look.

a fountain in rome covered with snow
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Locals and tourists flooded the streets to make the most of the super-rare winter weather.

the Coliseum in rome during a rare snow storm
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February temperatures in Rome typically hover around 55°F. During the storm, however, temps dropped to below freezing with uncharacteristically heavy snowfall. 

rome looking gorgeous covered in snow
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Sure, the city didn’t get hit with New England levels of snow, but it was just enough to transform an already magical city into a fairy-tale winter wonderland.

a mini snowman near the Colosseum in rome
Antonio Masiello/getty images

And of course, what fun would a snow day be without a few spontaneous snowball fights and miniature snowmen popping up throughout the city?

rome experiences snow for first time in 6 years
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