A Bulgarian Winter: Melting Snow Leads to Roof Avalanches

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In Sofia’s National Library, a man sustained head injuries yesterday, when part of the ceiling collapsed. The 39-year-old was sitting in the room dedicated to periodicals, when the ceiling gave in at about 5:00 p.m.. One ceiling panel fell on his head. Krasimira Alexandrova, the director of the National Library, said the gentleman was given first aid after the incident. He was then brought to a hospital where he was treated. Alexandrova said, he now had four stitches and felt better.  

The periodicals room at the National Library, located on Boulevard Vassil Levski, close to Levski Square, is now closed pending roof repairs, which are supposed to take place in spring. It was unclear whether the incident had to do with the weight of the snow on the building’s roof.

Friday was the first day with temperatures rising far above the freezing point since this year started. Pedestrians walked the streets of Sofia in much larger numbers than during the month-long cold spill. Many seemed to enjoy being able to walk without slipping on ice and without wearing winter hats. In between, it even rained in the capital.

The melting snow exposed a lot of dirt and trash, which had been buried for weeks. In the area around Boulevard Dondukov, close to the center, the city of Sofia did not have the streets cleaned on Friday, in spite of the mess.

During the first days of January, Bulgarian soldiers are trying to free a road from loads of snow, using a tank. Photo by the Ministry of Defence, Sofia.

While hardly anyone slipped on the streets anymore, Roof avalanches poised a new threat. Rather large chunks of ice and snow fell down from the roofs of apartment buildings. Pedestrians needed to be both lucky and vigilant, in order to avoid being hit.

This Saturday will be party cloudy in Bulgaria, according to forecasters. Temperatures in the northern Bulgarian towns of Lovech and Razgrad are supposed to be hitting 15 degrees, which is almost sensational after what the country went through. Along the Black Sea coast, 12 degrees and sunny skies were forecast. In Plovdiv and Sofia, 6 to 7 degrees were predicted, while the rest of the country was supposed to be warmer than that.

The harsh part of the winter of 2017, which in Bulgaria was the coldest in 69 years and lasted for a month, seems to be over.

By Imanuel Marcus

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