According to ANM, during October 2-5 temperature will drop sharply, as low as -6 degrees Celsius in depressions and at the mountain. Starting next Monday, warmer weather returns, with highs in the 20 degrees and more.
Although the code orange wind and rain warning issued for Bucharest and 8 counties of south-eastern Romania has ended, weather services have more bad news in store for the next few days. On the contrary, the National Weather Administration (ANM) warned that the October 2-5 interval will bring very low temperatures that might reach minus 6 degrees Celsius in depressions and at the mountain. The warning was issued yesterday by ANM, director Ion Sandu, during an emergency meeting held at the Victoria Palace, under the coordination of Vice-premier Liviu Dragnea.
Sandu explained that temperatures will drop below freezing point at night in mountain and depression areas. Starting Monday, however, things will improve and warm weather will return for at least 10 days.
Effects of code orange still present
Meanwhile, various regions still feel the effects of the storm that hit Romania for the last 48 hours. Railroad traffic between Timisu de Sus and Predeal, which was closed yesterday morning because of trees smashed across the tracks, has resumed meanwhile on one track, with Diesel locomotives, and six trains that waited in stations and along the route finally reached their destinations, with long delays.
As far as car traffic is concerned, only one national road – DN 2D – was still blocked yesterday morning, in Covasna County, because of trees that fell across both lanes. However, traffic was still difficult on several national roads covered by snow in Harghita County, but local authorities sent heavy machines to clear the snow meanwhile. The chief of the Harghita National Roads Department, Catalin Romanescu informed that, Tuesday night, fresh snowfalls were reported in the Bucin Pass and at the Rosu Lake, and traffic was difficult, in weather conditions, on DN 13 B Gheorgheni – Pasul Bucin – Praid and on DN 12 C Gheorgheni – Lacul Rosu. These roads are covered by up to 2 cm of snow.
Bucharest deputy mayor Marcel Nicolaescu said yesterday that, during the two days of heavy rain, the inhabitants of the city used “their cars as umbrellas” and traffic increased to “huge” values compared to a normal day. On the other hand, the prefects of Tulcea, Calarasi and Ialomita counties, attending the emergency meeting held at the Victoria Palace, informed deputy PM Liviu Dragnea about problems in their collaboration with Enel in fixing the power outages caused by bad weather. No energy expert of the pertinent ministry was present at the meeting, so Dragnea announced that, based to what information he had, electricity was down in approximately 29 localities and more than 100 power transformers were damaged by the extreme weather.