The Eiffel Tower has to be cleaned manually with hand shovels.
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Snow lies in front of The Eiffel Tower in Paris on February 8, 2018.
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The Eiffel Tower was forced to close Friday and Saturday as snow and freezing rain hit Paris.

The company that manages the famous structure said the Eiffel Tower would be closed to “ensure the security of visitors,” the Associated Press reported. The weather was also trapping drivers on the road, leading Paris officials to ask people to stay off the roads.

Workers have been working on de-icing the Eiffel Tower by carefully using hand shovels. The ice has to be manually removed because ice can damage the metal and elevators, AP noted.

Fortunately, tourists in the city didn’t let the snow keep them from having a good time. Some opted to snowboard and enjoy the wintry weather, especially the white layer of snow covering the city, according to the AP.