di Marcello Mento
Rome, January 18 - Romans did not wake to the predicted snow cover on Friday as elsewhere in the country the cold snap continued to bite. Roads were closed due to heavy snowfall in the central Abruzzo and Molise and southern Basilicata regions and schools were closed in some areas. Disruptions were reported on the A14 Bologna-Taranto motorway and motorists were advised to set out only if adequately equipped with chains or snow tyres. In the southern Calabria region temperatures dipped to -5°C while snow and high winds brought down trees and interrupted power supplies. In Sicily the Aeolian islands are cut off due to high winds and rough seas. Meanwhile the civil protection department lifted the emergency warning for the capital, where local authorities had been put on high alert in anticipation of heavy snowfall particularly in northern neighbourhoods in the early hours of Friday, but which never arrived.