Bulgaria Remains under Code Yellow over Freeze

Environment | February 14, 2012, Tuesday // 08:36|  views

Some Bulgarian regions remain under code yellow over low temperatures. Photo by BGNES

Code yellow for inclement winter weather has been issued for several Bulgarian regions Tuesday, according to the forecast of the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS)

Code yellow means potentially dangerous weather, where the forecast is not for unusual meteorological events, but requires people to exercise caution.

The code is effective for the regions of Vidin, Montana, Sofia, Pernik, Kyustendil, Lovech and Gabrovo.

The clouds will disperse and the day will be mostly sunny. There will be moderately strong winds in the Danube plain.

The minimum temperatures will be between minus 13 degrees C to minus 8 in northern Bulgaria, minus 7- minus 2 C in the southeastern regions and the Black Sea coast. In Sofia, the minimum will be minus 2 C.

The mercury is expected to go up with maximum temperatures from minus 3 degrees C to plus 2 C. In Sofia, the maximum will be minus 2 C.

Light snow is expected Thursday afternoon.

Roads across the country are reported as passable under winter weather conditions - treacherous with snowdrifts and ice at spots. Tractor trailers over 10 tons are banned in a number of mountain passes and in the regions of Haskovo and Silistra; tire chains are required in these areas as well.

Meanwhile experts are issuing a very serious warning for new and very dangerous floods next weekend into Monday when the mercury will go up by 6-7 degrees and the snow will start melting. Landslides, which have been activated during the "hurricane" like winter storm, remain a serious threat for the Black Sea coast.

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