As Britain is facing some of its first widespread flurries of snow, breathtaking images from around the world reveal gorgeous landscapes covered in ice and buried under snowdrifts. In Eastern Europe, the Black Sea froze near the Romanian coastline and villagers in Serbia and Bosnia were airlifted from their homes after being cut off without food.The dramatic icy weather has caused traffic chaos, power outages and even deaths all over the planet as people battle frostbite and hypothermia.
The waters of the Black Sea are frozen near the shore in Constanta, Romania.
Elegant icicles cover a protective fence beside the waters of the Black Sea.
Amateur photographers capture the ice on a dam beside the shore.
A gull flies over the splendid landscape.
Achild picks her way through slippery rocks on the Black Sea coastline.
A girl in a white coat feeds swans on a frosty lake in a park outside Minsk.
Snow-covered palm trees at lake Lungolago in Lugano, Switzerland.
narrow-gauge railway makes its way through a snow covered forest at the Harz national park near Schierke, central Germany.
Families in Romania wander across the frozen waves and take pictures of the incredible sight.
Ice floes float down the German-Polish border river Oder during sunrise near Frankfurt Oder, Germany.