Bulgarian Foreign Ministry advises against travel to several SE European countries as harsh winter weather moves in

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry has issued a warning against travelling to several countries in the region because of freezing temperatures, strong winds and heavy snowfalls.

The ministry said that those who intended travelling to Croatia, Slovenia, the Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia, should postpone these plans until the bad winter weather had passed.

If the trips were urgent, people should keep up-todate on the current weather and traffic situation, obey traffic authorities and embark on the road fully prepared for winter, with tyre chains, fuel tanks full, appropriate warm clothing and with their mobile phone batteries fully-charged.

In the event of a crisis, the Foreign Ministry advised Bulgarian citizens to notify their relatives of their situation and location, mark their location in social networks and to contact the Situation Centre at the Foreign Ministry.

Romania was subject to a “Code Yellow” warning of potentially dangerous weather on February 24 and 25 because of rain.

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina both were subject to “Code Yellow” warnings on February 24 and 25 because of low temperatures, snow and ice.

For February 25, Montenegro was subject to the “Code Orange” warning of dangerous weather, because of low temperatures, high winds, snow and ice.

Slovenia was subject to a “Code Orange” warning for February 24 and 25, because of low temperatures and high winds.

For February 25, the western half of the Republic of Macedonia was subject to a “Code Yellow” warning because of snow and ice.

In Croatia, two coastal regions were subject to the highest level of warning “Code Red” because of high winds, while the four other coastal regions were subject to a “Code Orange” warning on February 24. Much the rest of the country was under a “Code Yellow” warning. The warnings for Croatia for February 25 were similar.

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