Dangerous Cold Spell Expected in Bulgaria: Drivers Warned

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Update January 4, 2017, 12:00 noon: All schools in Bulgaria closed until Monday, due to flu epidemic and severe weather.

An unprecedented cold spell is expected in Bulgaria. This coming weekend, snowfall and extremely low temperatures pose a danger to refugees trying to walk through the country, but also to travellers. The police urged Bulgarians to avoid travelling on January 5th and 6th, due to the expected snowfall, as well as on January 7th and 8th, because of extremely low temperatures.

The authorities are trying to avoid a repetition of last week’s snow drama, in which the military had helped to pull stranded vehicles out of the snow with tanks, on Trakiya Motorway and other roads.

Boyko Ranovski, the head of Bulgaria’s Traffic Police, also asked drivers to stay up-to-date regarding weather and traffic news.

For this coming weekend, night temperatures around -20 degrees Centigrade were predicted. While in southern Bulgaria, -25 degrees are expected, and -22 degrees in Sofia on Sunday night, western Bulgaria will supposedly experience minimum temperatures, which will be above -20 degrees.

Restrictions might apply on certain roads. This will include bans on the movement of heavy trucks from January 5th to 7th.

The Bulgarian Road Infrastructure Agency announced it was ready to cope, with 3,000 snow-clearing machines standing by. A spokesman said, roads would we driveable, provided motorists were prepared for winter conditions.

The police also urged drivers to make sure they had good winter tires installed, in spite of the fact that Bulgarian traffic laws do not require those. Also, motorists were told to take along the following items:

  • Car batteries, in good shape
  • Snow chains
  • Shovels
  • Gloves
  • Reflective vests
  • Tow ropes
  • Windshield washing fluid with anti-freeze 

Also, police said, cars should be filled with more fuel than usually needed for the trip.

By im.

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photo by S. Galyonkin

 

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