May winter

The sunny days last week were followed by snowfalls in the Counties of Suceava, Maramures, Bistrita-Nasaud, Sibiu or Harghita, as well as in Valea Prahovei over the weekend, and even by snowstorms and lows down to -10 °C.

In Valea Prahovei it started to snow Saturday evening, after a few hours’ rain during the day. The snow went on yesterday morning, when many tourists decided to go home driven away by the bad weather. In the Bucegi Mountains it started to snow Saturday at noon, with the coat of snow soon growing to over 1 m thick, strong wind and air temperatures down to almost -10 °C. Meteorologists say the wind speed was 18 m/s, rising to 24 m/s in blast.

There was a lot of snow in the Tihuta Pass (photo), Gutai Pass and Cavnic (Maramures County). A snow storm was reported in the Tihuta Pass, in the Bargaului Mountains (connecting Transylvania to Moldavia) yesterday morning, when road workers had to use a total of 20 tons of anti-skidding material on National Road no. 17 to keep it usable. ‘A strong wind was blowing and it snowed like in December. I have never seen anything quite like this in May. Even now (Sunday morning) it is -2 °C, it is as cold as in the winter’, said the head of the Piatra Fantanele District of the Cluj Regional Department for Roads and Bridges, Vasile Curtean, quoted by Hotnews.

The locals of Harghita and Sibiu are also ‘enjoying’ winter-time landscapes in the month of May. In Harghita Bai the snow is 10 cm thick. ‘We were not expecting winter, we were expecting spring and summer. The snow is almost 6-8 cm. All the seedling has been covered in snow’, a local explained, according to Realitatea TV.

It also snowed in the Parang mountain resort in Valea Jiului, where the layer of snow was measuring approximately 5 cm at 1,700 m above the sea level. Chalet keepers in the region say the weather was extremely capricious on Saturday, when the temperature dropped suddenly, it started to snow and the wind became very powerful. ‘The coat of snow is approximately 5 cm at 1,700 m. Although it also snowed above that point, the blizzard dispersed the snow. There were major snow storms on Saturday’, said the head of Salvamont Parang, Dumitru Barlida, according to Mediafax. Even if the snow was enough for skiing, the slope was empty and, according to the Salvamont representatives, yesterday there were only five tourists in the entire resort.

Tourist slips down urlatoarea waterfall

A tourist from Bucharest was injured on Saturday when he fell from at least six metres height down the Urlatoarea waterfall in the Bucegi Mountains, from where he was retrieved by mountain rescuers and transported to hospital. Salvamont representatives say the man went up on a cliff to take a few photos and slipped down the waterfall.

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