Heavy rain, snow pounds Italy
Arno River at 20-year high, threatening Pisa, Florence31 January, 10:42
Meanwhile small towns outside Florence and nearby Prato were virtually surrounded by rising flood water as schools closed for the day. The capital Rome also experienced heavy rain, especially in the north of the city where at least one subway stop was closed for flooding and where traffice was snarled by rising water and fallen tree limbs. Near the northern city of Belluno, schools were closed for excessive snow.