Bucharest and 14 counties are under a Code Orange heavy snow alert Thursday night, while another 16 counties are under a Code Yellow advisory of significant snowfall as of Thursday afternoon, as per the warnings issued by the National Meteorology Administration on Wednesday.
The Code Orange alert stands for abundant snowfall, a thick blanket of snow, temporary blizzard conditions and low visibility between March 22, 23:00 hrs – March 23,15:00 hrs in Bucharest and the counties of Caras-Severin, Mehedinti, Dolj, Olt, Arges (partly), Teleorman, Dambovita (partly), Prahova (partly), Buzau (partly), Giurgiu, Ialomita, Calarasi, Braila and Tulcea.
Southern Banat and Oltenia, most of Muntenia and Dobrogea will see heavy snowfall and wind gusting to 50 – 60 km/h and temporarily even to 65 – 70 km/h, swirling and piling up the snow and reducing visibility.
The Code Yellow alert covers the counties of Timis, Hunedoara, Alba, Sibiu, Valcea, Brasov, Covasna, swathes of Arges, Dambovita, Prahova, Buzau, Bacau, Vrancea, Vaslui, Galati and Constanta, where significant snowfall, gusts and wind chill are expected between Thursday – 15:00 hrs and Friday – 20:00 hrs.
In Banat, Oltenia, Muntenia, Dobrogea, the southern half of Moldova and the Southern and the Curvature Carpathians snowfall will progressively advance from south-west, thickly blanketing the area, while the wind will temporarily blow at 45 – 55 km/h, swirling and scattering the snow.
In southern and eastern Dobrogea there will be mixed precipitation and glaze.
The weather will stay particularly cold until the weekend, especially in the south-eastern half of the country where the gales will intensify the chill feel, the weather forecasters said.