Bulgaria Drowning in Snow and Ice: Severe Weather Warnings for Today and Tomorrow

Written by on January 6, 2017 in Bulgaria, Latest - 1 Comment

When the first inhabitants of Sofia woke up this morning and looked through their windows, they had trouble identifying their cars. Everything was covered under a pretty thick layer of snow, including the branches of trees. So, as it turned out, the forecasters did not exaggerate this time, even though the snowfall started a few hours later than announced.

Bulgarians, and expats in Bulgaria, can now rely on one thing: It will get far worse. For today, 20 regions in the country are under a Code Orange warning, the rest of the country, consisting of eight regions, got Code Yellow warnings.

The Code Orange warnings are in effect today, for these regions: Dobrich, Haskovo, Montana, Rousse, Silistra, Smolyan, Turgovishte, Veliko Turnovo, Vratsa, Bourgas, Gabrovo, Kurdzhali, Lovech, Pleven, Razgrad, Shoumen, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Varna and Yambol.

Code Orange means the weather is dangerous. When authorities give this warning, meteorological phenomena have been forecast, damage is likely to happen. The same applies to casualties. People should be very vigilant, keep informed, be aware of risks and follow any advice from the authorities.

Code Yellow Warning are in effect today, for the following regions: Sofia city, Sofia region, Plovdiv, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Pernik, Pazardzhik, and Vidin.

Code Yellow means the weather is potentially dangerous. People should be attentive and keep informed.

The warnings for today are in place because of heavy snowfall expected today, and due to strong winds, which were forecast. In other words: Snowstorms might hit the entire country, while the Code Orange regions will be the hardest hit.

Tomorrow, things will turn south even further: All of Bulgaria is now under a Code Yellow warning for Saturday. In this case, the warning was given because of the extremely low temperatures, which will have hit the country by then, and which might be lasting until Wednesday or longer.

By now, the temperatures forecast have slightly changed. At this moment, forecasters are expecting night temperatures of -15 to -17 degrees Centigrade in Sofia, with daytime highs at around -10 degrees. This will start on Saturday and last until Tuesday.

It will be similar in Smolyan, located in southern Bulgaria. The difference is that here, night temperatures will slump down to -23 degrees. Stara Zagora has the same forecast as Sofia does, except it will snow more and -25 degrees on Monday night were forecast.

In Varna and Burgas, the weather will be milder, with minimum nightly temperatures at -11 (Burgas) and -14 degrees (Varna). Ruse and Pleven will follow the Sofia “model”, according to forecasters.

The severe weather has implications. All schools in the country were closed until Monday. This applies to mountain roads as well. The Vurbitsa, Zlatishki, Troyan passes were closed to all vehicles. On top of that, the Vratnik, Dyulinski, Pamporovo, Petrohan, Tvardishki and Shipka passes were closed for heavy vehicles. Find details at The Sofia Globe.

Two days ago, the authorities asked people to avoid travel during these days. What they did not say is how to make sure cars will still start up at -17 or even -25 degrees. Well, what were garages under large malls made for?

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.

Photo by Imanuel Marcus






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