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April 11, 2021

Blast of wintery weather over Europe, snow wreaks havoc in northern Romania

The first snow falling this year has caused problems in traffic or took by surprise local administrations as 12 counties in the northern half of Romania have been hit by blizzards.

If the south has remained dry and rather spring-like, the most affected were mountainous areas, where the blanket of snow reached 60 cm, especially in Balea Lac area in Fagaras and in Brasov County, in Predeal and Sinaia ski resorts. Snow brought lower temperatures; yesterday morning the lowest value recorded this winter, – 13 C was recorded in Toplita, Harghita County. According to forecasters, some of the lowest temperatures in the area were at Odorheiu Secuiesc and Miercurea Ciuc, but these are all normal lows for this part of the country where winters are generally frosty and long.

Four tourists were left stranded on Saturday on the top of the mountain, near Toaca, in Ceahlau Mountain. According to mountain rescuer Raul Papalicef, quoted by Agerpres, snow and an increasing blizzard in the area have made the rescue operation almost impossible, as the area is difficult to reach in normal summer conditions as well. On Sunday morning on Ceahlau Peak the snow blanket had reached almost one metre and the wind was blowing with 1,600 km per hour, but the four were successfully rescued.
In city areas snow created different issues. In Iasi at the end of the week, over 50 people slipped on ice and needed medical care, some of them had to be admitted to hospital with fractures and contusions. The only emergency trauma section for leg injuries in Iasi was overburdened on Saturday by an unusual afflux of patients, 30 of them with leg and arm fractures.


Snow and rain have caused a massive landslide in Bunesti, Valcea County. Several houses were almost swallowed by a twenty meter wide and ten meter deep hole that appeared overnight. The precipitations falling massively in the area for more than 24 hours have caused the area to reactivate its landslide potential. 49 households were evacuated from the area, an emergency unit attempting to stabilize the situation. Snow has caused closure of several national and county roads all along the weekend. Police and emergency team are displayed in the affected areas trying to relieve traffic. All drivers who haven’t adequately equipped their vehicles with snow tires are strongly advised to do so; otherwise they might be pulled over.

According to forecasters, weather will be warmer today but the rest of the week will see a downgrade in thermometers, highs reaching the normal average temperatures for this time of the year. There are heavier advisories from specialists for the second half of the week, when massive snowfall can occur again.


It is full-fledged winter almost everywhere in Europe, Euronews informs, the most affected areas remaining UK, France, Germany, Croatia, Switzerland and Estonia. Wintry conditions continued to plague much of Great Britain on Saturday as the region struggled to dig out from the earliest widespread snowfall in the past 17 years. Forecasters are predicting the storm that saw 35 centimetres of snow fall overnight in northeast England and sent temperatures plummeting across the UK could go well into this week. In France too, winter weather has been a shock, causing difficult driving conditions and surprising locals in the northern town of Cherbourg. “I’ve lived here for 30 years,” remarked one man. “This is first time we have seen snow before December.” Snow came without local authorities being prepared in Poland and Croatia as well. And forecasters say the cold wave that crosses Europe will still keep at least a week, if not two.

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