Eastern Europe gripped by extreme cold snap
21 December 2012 Last updated at 07:06 GMT
Scores of people have died as snow and sub-zero temperatures spread across parts of eastern Europe.
Dozens of villages in Romania have been left without electricity and a state of emergency has been declared in Bulgaria.
Driving conditions in many parts of the region are treacherous, with some motorists accusing the authorities of not responding quickly enough.
James Kelly reports.