Winter Hits Bulgaria: Excitement Phase with Freezing Temperatures Looming

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Tram line no. 22, at "Tsentralna Banya" in Sofia, on Tuesday. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Tram line no. 22, at “Tsentralna Banya” in Sofia, on Tuesday. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.

Snow at Bunardjika Park in Plovdiv. Photo by Boris Angelov.

Snow at Bunardjika Park in Plovdiv. Photo by Boris Angelov.

The first snow in Bansko. Photo by Ivan Obreykov.

The first snow in Bansko. Photo by Ivan Obreykov.

When the first snow of the season hit Sofia on Monday evening and throughout Tuesday, inhabitants might have slipped while walking the streets. But that did not keep them from posting wonderful snow pictures all over Facebook. The excitement phase is still on, it seems.

The German Christmas Market in the city center looked even nicer, with snow covering its giant Christmas tree and those wooden huts, in which they sell food and “Glühwein”. Mladost, usually a rather dull looking quarter of Sofia, mostly consisting of Socialist apartment block architecture, suddenly looked nice on many photos, with snow flakes falling on its busy streets.

On many of the Sofia photos shared on social media, the majestic Vitosha mountain range, overlooking the city, was visible. The latter was covered with even more snow than the city.

On Tuesday evening, at Sofia’s little “Tsentralna Banya Gradina” park, a professional photographer with a big Nikon camera looked at the editor of an online magazine, who was taking some snow pictures with his smart phone, saying “I use my phone to make calls”. He had a point there, which became obvious when he showed some of the shots he had taken with the big one.

Boris Angelov, a resident of Plovdiv, posted wonderful photos taken at the Bunardjika Park in the center of Bulgaria’s second largest town. All over the place, the new snow still looked clean, and the temperatures were acceptable. But that is about to change.

According to weather forecasters, it will not be snowing again in the next ten days, while temperatures will drop significantly. In case meteorologists do not change their minds again, which they usually do every five minutes, it will be a bit warmer on Thursday, December 1st, 2016. But, from that day onward, things will look rather grim, with -10 degrees on Monday night and even -13 degrees Centigrade on Tuesday night. The enthusiasm about the snow might turn into complaints about frozen car engines and harsh weather by then.

The port city of Burgas, located at the Black Sea cost, was free of snow on Wednesday morning, with temperatures above the freezing point. The skiing resort Bansko, on the other hand, was covered in a rather thick layer of snow.

Will there be a white Christmas this year? Nobody has the faintest clue, as of now.

By Imanuel Marcus






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