Temperatures as low as -30C have sent demand soaring while interrupting the coal production needed for Serbia’s coal-fired power stations.
The power cuts come as most of Europe battles the unrelenting cold front that has brought chaos and death to the continent for almost two weeks.
Trapped in snow up to 13 feet (4 meters) deep, some 20,000 people in Romania face dwindling food supplies, while forecasters in the Czech Republic warn that night-time temperatures could crash to -40C in the mountains.
Thirteen feet! That’s higher than the eaves on a one-story house!
With Italy enduring its coldest temperatures in almost 30 years, up to 11 inches of snow is forecast for Rome over the weekend.