A rare ice storm has crippled parts of central Europe, bring down power lines, disrupting train services and turning trees into abstract ice sculptures.

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A sign for the northern Austrian village of Schneeberg, which translates as Snow Mountain, is covered with iceHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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A bench covered in ice is pictured on Buda Hills in Budapest. Tens of thousand of homes on the outskirts of the Hungarian capital were without electricity as freezing rain blanketed the area and falling trees cut power linesBernadett Szabo/Reuters
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Flowers on the outskirts of Budapest are covered in thick iceBernadett Szabo/Reuters
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An ice-covered road sign is pictured near Amstall in northern AustriaHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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A tree is turned into an abstract ice sculpture near Amstall in northern AustriaHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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Heavy ice drags a branch down over a roadside shrine near Kottes in northern AustriaHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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Ice coats the tips of branches near Amstall in northern AustriaHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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A forester looks at ice-covered trees near KottesHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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A roadside shrine is covered with ice near Reichpolds in northern AustriaHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Electric trains and tram transport across the Czech Republic were badly disrupted when ice formed on overhead lines as temperatures dropped following rain. Czech Railways says the entire country has been hit, including the major line that links Prague with the eastern part of the country.

In Austria and southern Germany, firefighters have been busy clearing hundreds of trees weighed down with a thick layer of ice.

A combination of high humidity and low temperatures caused fog to freeze when it came into contact with trees and power lines.

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Ice-covered trees and plants are pictured on the Taubenberg mountain near Warngau, southern GermanyMichael Dalder/Reuters
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A forester cuts ice-coated branches off treesHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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Ice forms patterns on plants near Warngau in southern GermanyMichael Dalder/Reuters
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Leaves coated with a layer of ice are pictured on a tree near AmstallHeinz-Peter Bader/Reuters
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A smiley face is drawn in snow covering a stopping restriction sign on the Grosser Feldberg mountain in the Taunus region of western GermanyFrank Rumpenhorst/AFP