This morning parts of Sicily - mostly the higher regions - were blanketed with snow. Etna, the Nebrodi and Madonie mountains, but also some lower peaks around Palermo (shown), were white. Etna, of course, is snow-capped until March.
The first snowfall is much awaited, just like the first major rains after summer (usually during early September). In recent years it hasn't come until January, but this year a burst of cold air arrived from Russia, bringing the snow with it.