Published on 19 January 2021
There are several snow-covered areas in Europe in mid-January 2021.
After Spain, a new cold front, which has been named Leandros by meteorologists, has brought heavy snowfalls to Greece covering about 70% of the country.
Extreme cold prevailed in the Greek mainland and particularly in the region of Macedonia, with temperatures dropping as low as -19 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperatures, recorded in Greece by the automated weather stations of the National Observatory of Athens network, were in Mesovouno Kozani (-19.3C), Koilada Kozanis (-19.3C), Kitrini Limni Kozanis (-17.6C), Nevrokopi (-15.7C) and Florina (-15.5C).
This image, acquired by one of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites on 18 January, shows parts of Macedonia covered with snow.
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Snow cover is an important driver of many ecological, climatic and hydrological processes in mountain regions and high latitude areas. Data captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are particularly suitable for monitoring and mapping snow cover.