Rare Rome Snowstorm Disrupts Traffic, Prompts Coliseum Closing

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Heavy snowfall in Rome today shut schools, disrupted traffic, forced the cancellation of a Serie A soccer match and prompted closures of the Coliseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Around 40 centimeters (16 inches) of snow settled in some of Rome’s higher-lying outskirts, Major Gianni Alemanno said in an interview on state-run RAI television today. City offices and schools were closed for the day, according to his website, and a match set for tomorrow between AS Roma and Inter Milan at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico was rescheduled for Feb. 5.

The blast of snow in the Italian capital comes after an unusually dry winter. Heavy snow has fallen over much of Italy this week, causing severe disruption to train and road travel in the central and northern regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia Romagna, Lombardy and Piedmont.

Dozens of trains were canceled or delayed today, according to state-run railway Ferrovie dello Stato SpA’s website. Flights were operating normally from Rome’s two main airports, according to the website of Aeroporti di Roma SpA, which operates them.

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