Bulgaria’s road agency warns motorists to switch to snow tyres

Bulgaria’s Road Infrastructure Agency said on November 25 that motorists in the country should be prepared to use snow tyres in the coming days, when the weather forecast predicts snowfall in northern Bulgaria and in mountainous regions.

The agency said that all its regional directorates and contracted firms were on stand-by to begin clearing snow at a moment’s notice. In addition to the heightened risk of being involved in a traffic incident, cars without snow tyres also can impede the work of snow-clearing vehicles, the agency said.

A code “orange” weather warning has been issued for five districts in northeastern Bulgaria on November 26 – Targovishte, Razgrad, Silistra, Shoumen and Dobrich – because of snowfall and strong winds. Code “orange” warnings are issued when weather conditions pose risk to health and property.

The lesser code “yellow” warning was issued for 10 districts in northern Bulgaria – Sofia, Kyustendil, Pernik, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo and Rousse.

In southern Bulgaria, the precipitation will take the form of rain, Bulgaria’s national meteorology institute said. Daily highs are expected to reach between 1C and 6C on November 26, with the lows between -5C at higher altitudes and -2C.

More snow and moderate winds are expected on November 27, followed by clearer skies and even lower temperatures.

(Photo: Michael Hornak)



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