Dangerous snowstorm to strike Ukraine early this week

January 18, 2016 12:58 PM |

ukraineThe most dangerous snowstorm of the season is set to move into Ukraine on Monday. Heavy snowfall will occur across the central parts of the country. The areas that will be affected include Odessa to Cherkasy and Sumy.

Over the last weekend, this snowstorm has brought major snow across the Balkans, including Bulgaria and Romania, some of the areas also saw blizzard conditions. In Sofia, Bulgaria around 16 inches of snow was recorded during the weekend.

This snowstorm also moved into southwestern Ukraine on Sunday, pounding Odessa with several inches of snow. This weather will continue on Monday over the region. By Monday afternoon, the intensity of the snow would reduce. Despite the reduction of snow, gusty winds of up to 65 kmph will cause blowing and drifting snow. The blizzard conditions will lead to low visibility of less than 500 meters. This will cause major travel disruptions across the region. People in the region have been advised to avoid traveling across central Ukraine if possible.

While much of Central and Eastern Ukraine will see snow, the heaviest snowfall will occur along the stretch from Odessa to Sumy where the total accumulation of snow could be more than 12 inches in some areas.

Snowfall would occur as far west as Kiev. The amount of snowfall will become much lighter by Tuesday with up to 4 inches of snow expected. This will cause travel disruptions but, these conditions will not be as severe in the east.

The snow will gradually subside across southern Ukraine by Monday evening and in central Ukraine by Monday night. Gusty winds will continue throughout the night in these regions.

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