Bad weather “Barbara”: Snowing in Halkidiki, 30 calls for tree cutting in Central Macedonia


Bad weather moved quickly into Central Macedonia, with snow in the mountains, falling temperatures and strong winds

Without any particular problems being recorded, the bad weather “Barbara” made its “passage” through western Macedonia. So far, the snowfall hasn’t caused any problems, with salt shakers and snow plows in key locations to keep roads open.

The traffic on the Egnatia Road and most of the national and provincial network runs without difficulties according to the General Regional Police Directorate of Western Macedonia, while special tires or anti-skid chains are needed from the 18th to the 28th kilometer of the Kastoria – Florina provincial road via Vitsio as well as Florina-Kastoria from the 18th to the 30th kilometer, from the 32nd to the 46th of the Kastoria-Ioannina provincial road via Kotili, on the Florina-Krystallopigi Border Station National Highway via Vigla and throughout the mountainous road network of the Municipality of Florina.

Halkidiki in white – Thirty trees fell in K. Macedonia – Light snowfall in Hortiatis

Bad weather moved quickly into Central Macedonia, with snow in the mountains, falling temperatures and strong winds.

Halkidiki has been dressed in white since dawn, as, apart from the mountains, snow is falling in areas of Kassandra and Sithonia, according to the head of the Civil Protection Department of the Region K. Makedonias, Charalambos Stergiadis.

Snowflakes started falling at 09.30 also in the area of ​​Hortiatis. In Central Macedonia, anti-skid chains are needed by drivers who travel from the 91st to the 98th kilometer of the old national road Veria – Kozani via Kastania in Imathia, on the road network to the ski resorts of Selio and 3/5 Pigadia, in Pella from the 10th kilometer of Arnissa provincial road – Vora ski resort.

In the prefecture of Halkidiki, the use of anti-skid chains is necessary from the 77th to the 83rd kilometer of the Thessaloniki – Ierissou national road (Paleochori – Neochori), from the 54th to the 70th kilometer of the old Thessaloniki – Ierissou national road (Paleokastro – Taxiarchis) and on the provincial Palaiohoriou – Agios Nikolaos street.

Since the wind gusts, there have been thirty tree falls in the Central Macedonia Region. That’s how many calls the Fire Service received from yesterday afternoon to this morning about tree cutting, twenty in the urban planning complex of Thessaloniki. According to the regional Meteorological Station of Macedonia, winds of 6 to 8 Beaufort were blowing in Thessaloniki. The temperature at this time (09.40) is 3 in Thessaloniki, 4 in Serres, -3 the thermometer shows in Kozani and Kastoria, -4 in Florina.

One hundred machines of the Region of Central Macedonia are on standby and thirty of them are currently operating for snow removal, while approximately six thousand tons of salt are available for use as Mr. Stergiadis.


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