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January 21, 2021
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Snow and strong wind alert for the weekend Temperatures expected to drop below 23 degrees Celsius.

After a night with extremely low temperatures, a new wave of cold and snowfall has hit Romania as of yesterday afternoon. Meteorologists have issued a heavy snowfall and snow flurry advisory that is on until today at 6 pm. Most of the affected counties are from southern and eastern parts of the territory: Galati, Braila, Tulcea, Ialomita, Constanta and Calarasi. Thus, in Dobrogea, Baragan and southern Moldova it will snow throughout the night and for most of today, the wind will blow with up to 60 km per hour, in the open field areas snow flurries being expected. Temperatures are also expected to hit lows of around minus 23 C. In the seaside areas, snow will gradually give way to rain, which will favour glaze.


The cold wave will continue throughout the weekend, meteorologists say, adding that as of next Tuesday weather will get milder and temperatures will go up a few degrees.


Snow and fog have caused several issues in traffic yesterday, but all important national roads managed to stay open. However, visibility was reduced to half on roads in Galati Braila and Timisoara. On four national roads in Harghita and Gorj counties, there were issues with traffic flow and on fifteen county roads drivers were advised to keep within speed limits, due to low visibility. In high areas there was avalanche danger, especially in Fagaras, where specialists warned tourists to stay away from mountain climbing.


Also yesterday, Constanta ports were closed because of strong wind and blizzards. Excessive speeding under winter conditions was also the cause of a series of 19 road incidents over the past 24 hours, with two people dead and 21 injured in all these collisions.

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