A Thursday in Bulgaria: Weather Warnings in Place Yet Again

Written by on January 12, 2017 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

Update 07:45 a.m.: New, additional Code Yellow warnings for the following regions, due to low temperatures: Sofia (both city and region), Pernik, Kyustendil and Lovech. Another Code Yellow warning is now in place for Burgas, because of strong winds, snow and ice.

According to weather forecasters, there was light at the end of the tunnel, due to an expected temperature increase. But today, northern Bulgaria was under Code Yellow weather warnings yet again, as the country is striving to go back to normality. In four of the regions, snow, ice and strong winds are the reasons for the warnings. Those are Burgas, Shumen, Varna and Dobrich. In other northern Bulgarian regions, the weather warnings are in place for strong winds only. They are Pleven, Vratsa, Razgrad, Silistra, Veliko Tarnovo, Montana, Ruse, Targovishte and Vidin.

The rest of Bulgaria did not get any weather warnings, even though more extreme temperatures are to be expected this morning. In Pernik, -20 degrees Centigrade were forecast, -14 degrees in Sofia, -17 degrees in Stara Zagora, -20 degrees in Veliko Tarnovo and around -18 degrees in both Vratsa and Montana. In most other regions, things will be a little more moderate, according to forecasters.

But daytime temperatures in Bulgaria will be a lot higher today. Depending on the region, there is a range from -5 to +3 degrees, which is a substantial increase compared to the past five days.

Still, there us a problem: After a moment with milder temperatures, a new cold front will hit Bulgaria starting on Sunday afternoon. Temperatures are supposed to be slumping again, as a result. More snow will likely fall from the sky as well. This applies to next week, while in some regions, it will be raining during the weekend. The rain water might turn roads into icy surfaces at night.

In the meantime, schools will finally open in many Bulgarian regions today, including Sofia. And thousands of households in south-eastern Bulgaria, which were without power yesterday, do have electricity now, while a few villages are still cut off from the grid.

A huge traffic jam developed in Dobrich yesterday, when countless drivers wanted to go to Varna, while the road in that direction was still closed, due to massive snowfalls. There were many delays at train stations and airports. Ports at the Danube and the Black Sea were closed.

Since this harsh winter started a week ago, people living in villages have been improvising. Not only were many of them cut off from the rest of the world, but thousands did not have electricity either. Due to frozen pipes and other issues, the water supply turned out to be a problem too. Expats living in Bulgaria have described how they manage, in a separate article.

By Imanuel Marcus

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