Strong winds, bad weather disrupt Greek sea, road traffic

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Strong winds and bad weather across the Mediterranean, coupled with snowfall in Greece, disrupted road and sea traffic, preventing ships from sailing from the port of Piraeus to islands in the Aegean Sea, authorities said.

In Morocco, officials said traffic was also suspended in the Strait of Gibraltar, with several crossings from the southern Spanish port of Algeciras to the Moroccan port of Tangiers canceled because of fierce winds.

Greek authorities said the bad weather stopped traffic on several roads in mountains near Athens, notably Mount Pentelicus and Mount Parnes.

With winds of more than 70 kilometres (45 miles) around Athens, most ferry services from the nearby ports of Piraeus and Rafina toward the Greek islands in the Aegean were cancelled, they said.

Winds of more than 90 kilometers (55 miles) were reported in Salonika, Greece's second largest city while trees were uprooted in Crete and several other regions, they added.

After several days of unseasonably warm weather, a cold snap coupled with snowfalls have hit much of Greece, including Athens, with temperatures dropping to five degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit).

In northwestern Greece, temperatures dipped to minus three degrees Celsius, forecasters said.

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