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Cold, snow to follow up 40-year low

After a brief respite following what scientists say was the coldest December in 40 years, snow, high winds and freezing temperatures are expected to resume today and tomorrow in all but a pocket of northwestern Greece. Heavy snow fell on Crete yesterday, severing the road link between Iraklion and Anoghia, while 18 mountain villages in the Lasithi area were totally cut off from the rest of the island. Snow also fell in the northern suburbs of Athens, while snowfall was forecast for the city center last night. According to meteorologist Dimitris Ziakopoulos, last month was the coldest December since 1961, with the second highest level of recorded snowfall – after 1991. The National Meteorological Service warned yesterday that that very low temperatures and heavy snowfall would affect all of Greece – except for the Ionian Islands, Epirus and western Macedonia – today and tomorrow. It is impossible to detect the chemicals replacing the lead compounds, and it is feared that petrol station owners might be tempted to sell – cheaper – unleaded petrol as «new super,» which is more expensive.