A severe winter storm brought bitter cold and a blanket of snow across much of Europe Thursday.

Even places on the continent that usually do not see snow, such as Rome and the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, were affected.

Eastern and central Europe faced the brunt of the wintry weather, with snow and high winds affecting several areas.

Authorities were dealing with poor travel conditions, accidents, power outages, and delays and cancellation of flights and trains.

The Austrian capital of Vienna saw the most snowfall in one day, 30 centimeters.  The Associated Press reports that the last time the city had this much snow was in 1969.  

Elsewhere, state power companies in France and Spain reported that consumers broke electricity consumption records as the temperatures dipped to record lows.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.