The weather alert for snowfalls and high-speed wind of over 70 or 80 kilometers/hour in mountainous regions took effect yesterday and ends early today.
Meteorologists have issued a new yellow level weather alert for 26 counties, which took effect yesterday and ends early today. Weather conditions include snowfalls and a new layer of snow, and wind gusts at a speed of 70 kilometers/hour. The yellow level weather alert covers the following counties: Botosani, Suceava, Neamt, Bacau, Vrancea, Buzau, Prahova, Dambovita, Arges, Valcea, Gorj, Hunedoara, Caras-Severin, Timis, Arad, Alba, Cluj, Bihor, Salaj, Sibiu, Brasov, Covasna, Harghita, Mures, Bistrita-Nasaud, and Maramures, according to the ANM (National Meteorology Administration) website. The same source informs that as of yesterday, 11.00 a.m. until today, 09.00 a.m., it will start to snow in Maramures, northern Eastern Carpathians and Apuseni Mountains, then gradually in the remaining mountainous regions and locally in Transylvania. In some regions, precipitations will exceed 15 liters/square meter. In the mountains, wind gusts will reach over 70 kilometers/hour in speed, whereas on mountain crests, they will exceed 100 kilometers/hour, swirling and scattering the snow.
ANM has announced wind set-ups will occur in other areas of the country as well, reaching a higher speed in the east. On Monday night, wind gusts may even range between 70 and 80 kilometers/hour in some areas of northern Moldova, creating small blizzards. In Crisana, western Transylvania, and some areas of Moldova, precipitations will consist of rain and sleet, which can lead to the formation of glazed frost.
Sandu: Yellow level weather alert may be extended
Ion Sandu, Director of ANM, stated during a videoconference with MAI (Ministry of Internal Affairs) prefects that the yellow level weather alert for snowfall would not be extended, but the alert may be in effect until this evening for wind set-ups. “It will snow, but the alert was not issued based on the quantity of snow, but the wind speed that could reach 70 kilometers/hour or even 100 kilometers/hour in the mountains. Most likely, a weather alert for snow will not be issued for the interval after 9.00 a.m. on Tuesday (editor’s note – today), but alerts for wind will be issued in the Southern Carpathians and southern Moldova,” the Director of ANM pointed out. He added that snow will also fall on December 12 but the quantities will be insignificant.
On the other hand, the lowest temperature in Romania – minus 20 degrees Celsius – was recorded Sunday night in Miercurea Ciuc, where it has snowed heavily in the last three days.
In the meantime, tourists and local authorities are still suffering from the side-effects of snowfalls over this weekend, as over 60 tourists staying at two cabins in Poarta Raiului resort (Sureanu Mountains) were unable to return home on Sunday because the road had been completely covered in scattered snow. The tourists, including a pregnant woman and multiple children, were retrieved yesterday by road workers and a mountain rescue team from Alba, Mediafax notes.