Snow storm hit Slovenia softer than expected

Snow storm hit Slovenia softer than expected

Ljubljana, February 4, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

Review Hari Stefanatos

Despite snowfall in Slovenia not being as strong as the forecast predicted, strong winds up to 150km/h have started to cause problems in the western parts of the country, resulting in the temporary closure of the port of Koper.

According to Maritime Administration, Slovenia’s only sea port will remain closed as long as weather conditions require it.

According to forecasts, the strong bora is expected to persist until midday on Friday. Gusts of the northern katabatic wind are expected to exceed 150 km/h during this period, while snowfall is expected to start on Friday with precipitation expected to peak during the day.

However, meteorologists from the Environment Agency have slightly downgraded their forecasts for the amount of snow that is expected to fall until Saturday, with up to 40 cm forecast in the south and south east and up to 30 cm elsewhere, down from 80 cm and 50 cm, respectively.

The combination of snow and wind are expected to cause blizzards and adversely affect driving conditions.  Already national motorway company, DARS, has closed off access to trucks arriving from neighbouring countries due to the weather conditions. The citizens are urged to use public transportation.

Dozens of schools around the country remained closed today, while the national postal service, Pošta Slovenije, announced it would limit its delivery services on Friday depending on weather conditions. Mail deliveries in affected parts will resume once the weather improves.

(Source: Sloveniatimes)