A code orange advisory of blizzard will enter into force on Monday for Bucharest and the counties in the south and east of the country, until Tuesday afternoon, with the wind booming at 55 to 65 kilometers per hour, which will blow the snow. Meteorologists also issued a code yellow of snowfall, strong wind and blizzard for the south of Banat, Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea and for the south of Moldavia. A code yellow advisory of cold weather issued by the National Weather Administration is already into force, and temperatures lower by 10 to 15 degrees than the normal values of this period of the year will be recorded until next week.
According to the National Weather Administration (ANM), the code orange advisory enters into force on Monday at 10.00, being valid until Tuesday at 14.00.
Within this span, in Bucharest and in the counties of Ilfov, Giurgiu, Calarasi, Ialomita, Buzau, Braila, Constanta and Tulcea, the wind will have significant increases, with gusts of 55 to 65 kilometers per hour, locally over 70 kilometers per hour, and there will be periods of heavy snow blizzard, causing visibility lower than 50 meters.
A code orange of heavy snow and blizzard advisory is also issued for the counties of Mehedinti, Dolj, Olt and Teleorman, starting from Monday, at 7.00, until 23.00. The snow layer will exceed 30 to 40 centimeters and the wind will have gusts of 45 to 55 kilometers per hour, blowing the snow temporarily.
Meteorologists also issued a code yellow for the regions of Banat, Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea and for the south of Moldavia. The code will be valid from Monday at 4.00 until Tuesday at 20.00.
Within this span, snowfall will be moderate and locally significant in terms of quantity, and the snow layer will be substantial; the wind will have increased speed of 45 to 55 kilometers per hour and of 60 to 65 kilometers per hour in the south-east of the territory; there will be blizzard and shattered snow and low visibility.
Schools in Bucharest will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Gabriela Firea announced
Schools in Bucharest will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Mayor Gabriela Firea announced on Sunday at the Winter Command convened at the Bucharest City Hall. She mentioned that this period could be extended. Constanta County authorities also announced that schools will be closed on Monday.
“Given the weather forecasts announced by ANM, we have also taken some measures, we analyzed them very seriously, responsibly, yesterday evening, last night, this morning and until now, regarding the measures to be taken, given that all the information provided by ANM was confirmed by now, and the code yellow will turn – at least according to the information we currently have – into code orange, therefore the authorities, both the central and the local ones, have legal responsibilities to reduce any unpleasant and unwanted consequences related to the extreme weather phenomena. First of all, we are interested in citizens’ lives and in their health, rather than in the criticism that might result from the measures we will take” Gabriela Firea stated at the Bad Weather Command convened at the Bucharest City Hall.
She said that the decision she took together with the ANM Director, with the General School Inspector and with the Prefect is to suspend the courses on Monday and Tuesday, with the possibility that the schools will remain closed in the coming days, too.
“As a result of the analysis we conducted by an extremely responsible manner with the Prefect, with the Bucharest-Ilfov ANM Director, and with the Bucharest General School Inspector, we have taken the decision which will be communicated today, to suspend the courses on Monday and Tuesday in Bucharest, with the possibility to extend this decision. I cannot announce that, local authorities which are responsible for the whole region in which the code orange will be announced can do it. We’re talking about wind, frost and temporarily heavy snowfall” Firea said.
She pointed out that she prefers people say that they were “a little bit too alerted” than to have victims.