The 'medea' (Greek for snow) in the capital is very unusual, although Greece does have its own ski resorts. You can read our guide to ski resorts in Greece here.
While snow is often seen in the north, it is very rare in the south of country. The bad weather is expected to continue with temperatures dropping to -25C in parts of the north.
Residents in the Greek capital's northern and eastern suburbs have been advised to avoid leaving their homes.
said prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis."I think we'll all have to show patience as we deal with a phenomenon that is truly unprecedented."
Unperturbed by the snow, the Norwegian ambassador to Greece, Frode Overland Andersen took the opportunity to prove that skiing in Athens is possible by putting in a few turns on Filothei Hill: