Weather Warnings for Bulgaria: Loads of Snow and Ice Coming In

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This morning at 04:00 a.m., not a single snowflake had hit the center of Sofia. But forecasters predict there will be snow and it will not stop falling from the sky until Friday night.

Why would anyone panic over a few snowflakes? The snowfall will supposedly be heavy. The forecasts were one reason why the Education Ministry in Sofia extended the Christmas holidays for schoolchildren until Monday. And they have lead to warnings to all Bulgarians by the Traffic Police and the Ministry of the Interior.

The information coming out of that ministry sounded about as chaotic as the predicted weather will supposedly be. They said, those heavy snowfalls would hit north-eastern and northern Bulgaria the hardest, but they were also talking about “a real danger” the weather was posing for Pazardzhik, which is located in central Bulgaria, and to Smolyan, which is in the very south of the country.

A “code yellow” warning for severe weather was issued for Blagoevgrad, which is neither in the north, nor in the north-east, Kyustendil, Pernik, Gabrovo, Lovech, Plovdiv, Pazardzhik, Vratsa, Vidin, Montana and the capital Sofia. The warning is valid for today. In Sofia, some 15 centimeters of snow are expected, along with snowdrifts of up to 50 centimeters.

The ministry also said, Varna, Ruse, Silistra, Dobrich, Shumen and Razgrad were cities which would be most affected by the severe weather.

Interior Minister Rumyana Buchvarova said, her crisis staff would provide updates to the public on a regular basis. The information about the situation in the north and north-east of the country was preliminary. According to her crisis staff, nobody should travel to those regions in the next few days, unless the trip is absolutely necessary.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Defence is ready to help in case of emergency. So is the Transport Ministry, where Minister Ivailo Moskovski said, every step had been taken to ensure an appropriate response. Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova stated, the main risks to the energy system had been analysed.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov also demonstrated that his outgoing government is indeed working. He said the Motor Vehicle Administration Executive Agency should monitor the traffic and especially the movement of trucks “because these outrages must cease”. What he meant was that he did not want another situation of the kind Bulgaria had experienced last weekend, when army tanks had to pull heavy trucks out of the snow on Trakiya Highway. At the same time, Borissov told Defence Minister Nenchev that the army should be ready with heavy equipment.

According to the Health Ministry, medical service centers and hospitals were ordered to check their equipment and medical supplies. And the traffic police mobilized the maximum number of officers, while the Labour Inspectorate reminded employers that temperatures in rooms with employees should range between 16 and 23 degrees Centigrade.

Sixteen degrees sounded a little cold for an office, but a lot warmer than those -28 degrees forecast for Sunday morning in Blagoevgrad.

Update Thursday, 11:45 a.m.: Contrary to the forecasts, it does not seem to be snowing in too many places right now. Sofia: Hardly any snow and relatively dry. Varna: No snow and dry. Berkovitsa: Not snowing, but snow on the ground. Borovets: Lots of snow, but not snowing at this moment. Bansko: Lots of snow on the ground.

Update 12:40 p.m.: NEWS ALERT BULGARIA: Code Orange Weather Warning in 20 regions. Code Yellow in 8 regions.

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By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photo taken in Sofia in 2012, by Imanuel Marcus.

 

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