Romania: Bad weather forecast for most parts of the country until at least February 14

Romania: Bad weather forecast for most parts of the country until at least February 14

The weather is expected to be bad in most parts of Romania until at least February 14. The Romanian National Meteorological Administration has warned of a mix of rain, sleet and snow in most parts of the country until early February 14, with the possibility of heavy rain in the north, central and eastern regions. Strong winds are likely to blow in the western and southwestern regions on February 13 and in the eastern regions as of late February 13.

As of 13 February, the Romanian National Meteorological Administration issued an orange weather warning (medium level on a three-level scale) for heavy snowfall in elevated parts of Alba, Hunedoara and Sibiu provinces on 13 February. Snowfall accumulations of 5°-7 cm (2-2.8 in) are possible in these areas. A yellow warning has been issued for significant rainfall, including snow over mountainous areas, across west-central Romania until early February 14. A yellow warning for strong winds was also issued across the eastern regions on February 14. Authorities are likely to issue new alerts or update/rescind existing ones as weather conditions change over the coming days.

Precipitation falls in the form of rain, flashes and floods in the areas. Such flooding is possible in low-lying communities near streams and other large bodies of water, as well as in urban areas where stormwater drainage systems are easily overwhelmed. Locations below large reservoirs may be vulnerable to flash flooding after relatively short periods of heavy rainfall.

Rain is likely to fall in the form of snow on the highlands in the coming days. Wind gusts can cause snow to blow and drift; Visibility is likely to decrease in mountainous areas. Landslides caused by rain cannot be ruled out in high terrain areas. There is also the possibility of avalanches in mountainous areas where snow has become unstable due to heavy snowfall. Power outages can occur throughout the affected area.

Floodwaters and associated debris may render some bridges, rail or road networks impassable, impacting road travel in and around the affected area. Flooding in urban areas can also lead to major traffic congestion. Heavy snow will likely make driving dangerous in some areas; Authorities may implement temporary road closures or diversions at such locations. It is possible to close mountain passes and tunnels as a precaution during periods of heavy snowfall.

The turbulent weather will likely cause some delays and cancellations at airports in the area. Floods or snow can disrupt regional rail lines; Delays and cancellations of freight and passenger trains are possible in areas experiencing heavy rain and possible track blockage.

Disturbances from severe weather and resulting hazards, such as floods or avalanches, can continue long after conditions improve – and it may be days before floodwaters recede and/or officials remove debris. If there is severe damage to infrastructure, repair or reconstruction efforts may result in residual disruption.

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