The National Meteorological Administration (ANM) issued two warnings on Sunday of Code Orange for glazed frost and deposits on cables, trees and objects near the ground in Bucharest and ten other counties.
The city of Bucharest and Ialomita, Prahova, Arges, Giurgiu, Braila, Dambovita, Teleorman, Buzau, Ilfov and Calarasi counties are under Orange Code warning of significant glazed frost. The code was subsequently extended to Constanta and Tulcea counties.
The A2 motorway was closed on Sunday between Fundulea and Drajna in both directions because of the frozen rain weather phenomenon that generates the spontaneous appearance of the glazed frost. CNAIR then decided to close the entire Bucharest-Fetesti section in both directions in order to avoid accidents.
Four national roads are closed for all categories of motor vehicles due to the phenomenon of frozen rain that leads to the appearance of the glazed frost.
According to meteorologists, precipitations, mainly as snowstorms and snow, will gradually expand from the southwest.
According to CNAIR, starting at 15.00h, the road traffic for all categories of motor vehicles was closed due to the ice phenomenon that generates the spontaneous occurrence of snow on the following national road sectors: DN 21, Brăila – Drajna, DN 21B, Bărăganu – Ţăndărei, DN 22B, Brăila – Galaţi and DN 2B, Vizireni – Şendreni.
A code yellow alert for precipitation, strong wind and chill has come into force on Sunday morning, in Bucharest and other 32 counties. Meteorologists announced that rains and snowfalls will prevail in the half southeastern country.
The bad weather first hit the northern country on Saturday night, when it heavily snowed in Suceava, Iasi and Botosani. The snow removing machines could not cope with the massive snow laid down on the main boulevards of the cities. In Suceava, a truck side-slipped and blocked the traffic on the city’s main beltwayfor several hours, and another truck that had slide-slipped also blocked the European road linking the city to the Siret customs house.
In Botosani, the situation looked the same, with a 10cm snow pack on the roads in less than 2 hours. Local authorities restricted traffic for vehicles over 7.5 tons on all county roads.
A football match, scheduled between Botosani football club and Dinamo Bucharest football club, was postponed due to the snow laid down on the football field.
It’s still snowing in Moldavia and in the Eastern Carpathians area.
In Muntenia and most part of Transylvania it started raining, but precipitation will gradually turn into sleet and snowfall. Glaze will also prevail.
It will mostly rain in Oltenia and Dobruja, with water quantities exceeding 20-25l/sqm and sometimes, 40l/sqm.
The wind will blow strongly in most areas, particularly in the east and southeast, with 55-65kmph and with 70kmph in the mountains.
The weather will become extremely chilly for this time of the year, with temperatures lower by 10-15 Celsius degrees than normally.