Snowfall, freezing temperatures in Bulgaria again close some schools, part of motorway

Schools in Bulgaria’s Black Sea cities of Varna and Bourgas were closed on February 28 because of severe winter weather conditions, while in the morning, the Bourgas – Karnobat section of Trakiya Motorway was closed because of snow drifts and high winds.

Apart from in the two Black Sea cities, more than 1100 schools in various parts of the country were closed, the Education Ministry said.

Movement of vehicles of more than 12 tons was restricted in the Yambol – Karnobat stretch of the motorway, Bulgaria’ Road Infrastructure Agency said.

The Danube Bridge border crossing at Rousse remained closed to vehicles of more than 12 tons because of winter weather conditions in Romania, the agency said.

No traffic restrictions were in place on Bulgaria’s Hemus, Maritsa, Struma and Lyulin motorways.

The Pass of the Republic was open to traffic. The Troyan, Dyulin and Obzor passes were closed to all vehicles. Vehicles of over 12 tons were not being allowed to use the Rishki, Kotlen, Aitos, Petrohan and Shipka passes.

On February 28, the “Code Yellow” warning of potentially dangerous weather was in place for the city of Sofia and much of the northern half of Bulgaria. Provisionally, this warning applied to the entire country for March 1.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)



The Sofia Globe staff

The Sofia Globe - the Sofia-based fully independent English-language news and features website, covering Bulgaria, the Balkans and the EU. Sign up to subscribe to's daily bulletin through the form on our homepage.