Bulgaria: Blizzards and strong winds expected on Monday

Written by on January 21, 2018 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Bulgaria: Blizzards and strong winds expected on Monday

Dangerous weather alerts of different kinds are in place for Monday. Blizzards will have parts of Bulgaria under their grip.

There are Code Orange weather alerts for Gabrovo, Lovech, Montana, Pleven, Razgrad, Rousse, Shumen, Silistra, Targovishte, Veliko Tarnovo, Vidin and Vratsa. Forecasters announced significant snowfall and rain, up to 30 litres per square metre, along with strong winds. Their speeds will likely reach 19 metres per second, and 24m/s in gusts.

More Code Orange dangerous weather warnings are in place for Burgas, Dobrich, Haskovo, Kardzhali, Sliven, Varna and Yambol. Here, heavy rainfall, up to 40 litres per square metre will turn into snow on Monday afternoon, according to meteorologists, along with strong winds.

In Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Pazardzhik, Pernik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Sofia (city), Sofia (province) and Stara Zagora, Code Yellow alerts are valid for Monday. In those regions, 15 to 25 litres of snow and rain per square metre are expected, starting tonight and extrending into the day. Winds will be complicating the situation here as well.

In all cases, residents should be careful. The snow, the extreme rain forecast for eastern Bulgaria and the strong winds in all of the country can be dangerous. Objects, including roofing tiles and tree branches, might be flying through the air.

On Bulgaria’s roads, ice, snow and wind require all drivers to be extremely cautious. The situation on the roads, including the motorways, will likely be difficult, as they might be slippery, with low visibility.

The Bulgarian authorities announced, up 3,000 snow clearing machines would be in service 24 hours a day, if necessary. They urged drivers to postpone any trips planned for Monday morning, if possible. Vehicles needed to be equipped with suitable tires. If necessary, chains would have to be used. Driving at appropriate speeds with a lot of caution was necessary too, according to the authorities in charge of Bulgaria’s roads.

Night temperatures will supposedly slump down to -5 to -8 degrees Centigrade in western Bulgaria, while 0 degrees will be maintained in the east. During the day, forecasters are expecting 3 to 7 degrees, depending on the region.

In southern Romania, eastern Serbia and eastern Macedonia, strong winds, downpour and snow are expected as well. In all of Greece, thunderstorms were forecast.

Photo by Imanuel Marcus.






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