The National Meteorology Administration has issued a new code orange alert on Tuesday for heavy snowfalls and blizzard, in force in seven counties in southern Romania, until Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The counties under code orange alert are:
Giurgiu, Călăraşi, Ialomiţa, Buzău, Brăila, Constanţa and Tulcea. Here the wind gusts will reach 55-65kmph and locally even 70kmph, while the snow will be dashed and the visibility will do down below 50m.
On the other hand, a code yellow for significant snowfalls and snowstorm has been also issued, to be in force as of Tuesday night, as of 23:00h until Wednesday night, at 23:00hr in Bucharest and 11 counties, Bacău, Vaslui, Vrancea, Galaţi, Prahova, Dâmboviţa, Argeş, Olt, Teleorman, Dolj and Mehedinţi.
Snowfalls will extend from southwest to seize the southern half of the country. A significant snowpack will lay down in Muntenia, Dobruja, and in southern Oltenia and Moldavia, while the wind will blow with 45-55kmph on Tuesday night. On Wednesday the wind gusts will temporarily exceed 60kmph, dashing out the snow.
A code yellow for moderate snowfalls is in force on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Vaslui, Galaţi, Brăila, Vrancea, Buzău, Prahova, Giurgiu, Dâmboviţa, Teleorman, Argeş, Olt, Vâlcea, Dolj, Gorj, Mehedinţi, Caraş-Severin, and also in the Capital.
Bucharest mayor has just announced that schools would remain closed down in the Capitall all week long. Gabriela Firea said local authorities had taken the decision together with the meteorologists due to the bad weather extension. The mayoress said that the city hall could help parents who don;t have anyone to stay with their children, advising them to call Tel Verde 0800 800 868 and vowing the city hall will come up with a solution.
Firea argued that it would not be wise to call children to schools when it’s freezing cold, as most of them are going to schools by publci transportation means.
The Bucharest ambulance has been required to interven in over 1,600 cases in the past 24 hours, most of them relating to arm and leg fractures and hypothermia.
Freezing cold will persist in Bucharest until Friday, with temperatures climbing down to minus 7C during the day and minus 18C, minus 19C at night.
Two motorways, tens of roads, closed down
The traffic on two motorways and on other 25 national roads has been halted on Tuesday morning due to the bad weather. The most affected counties are Mehedinţi, Dolj, Olt, Teleorman, Giurgiu, Ilfov, Călăraşi, Ialomiţa, Buzău, Brăila, Constanţa, Tulcea and Bucharest.
A2 motorway, between Bucharest and Constanta, and A4 motorway between Ovidiu and Agigea are closed.
The Interior Ministry (MAI) and local authorities on Monday rescued 215 people in risky situations
In Constanta county, a track-laying vehicle with a paramedic intervened to pick up two one-year old twin girls with fever, who were rushed to a hospital in Mangalia.
In Tulcea, firefighters intervened to help an 89-year-old woman from Aghighiol village, who had been hurt after falling down. The rescuers had to carry the woman in their arms to the SMURD roll-off truck due to the high snow.
Tens of trains, cancelled, flights delayed, schools, closed
Tens of trains have been cancelled due to extreme cold and snowfalls. However, there were no blocked trains or railways. About 6 percent of those 1,200 trains travelling daily in Romania are cancelled.
No flight has been cancelled on Henri Coanda International Airport in Bucharest, but 12 flights have registered delays up to 40 minutes on Tuesday.
However, in Constanta, the Kogalniceanu Airport has been closed on Tuesday morning and 15 flights cancelled countrywide. Six flights have been called off in Craiova and one in Brasov.
At the same time, all ports in Constanta county have been closed: Constanţa Nord, Constanţa Sud Agigea, Midia and Mangalia. Bara Sulina has been closed in Tulcea.
Schools are alos closed in several counties on Tuesday and Wednesday, particularly in Braila and Olt counties, where the snowfalls and freezing cold have played havoc.
Octogenarian woman from Ialomita dies, most probably from cold
An 83-year-old woman from a village in Ialomita has died in hospital on Tuesday, after she had been found out on the street, covered in snow. Doctors suspect the death was caused by the extreme cold.