The second and most intense wave of bad weather “Elpida” that is hitting Greece since Saturday is in progress. According to EMY, the main characteristics of the second wave will be the very low temperatures, heavy snowfall, even in lowland areas of northern and eastern Greece as well as in the Aegean islands and northerly winds of 8 to 9 Beaufort in the east.
It is pointed out that from today until Wednesday the temperatures will be very low and their maximum values will not exceed 2 to 3 degrees Celsius. At the same time the frost will be strong and especially in the central and northern country locally total.
Heavy snowfall in places, initially in the central and northern Aegean, Evia and gradually in eastern Thessaly (mainly Magnesia), in eastern Sterea and in the evening in the eastern Peloponnese, the Cyclades and Crete.
The winds will blow north northeast 5 to 7 and gradually in the eastern mainland and in the central and northern Aegean 7 to 8 and locally up to 9 Beaufort. The Dodecanese will initially blow north northwesterly 3 to 5 beauforts, which will gradually turn to east southeast and at night will strengthen to 6 to 7 and locally 8 beauforts.
The temperature will be kept at very low levels. There will be frost on the mainland, which will be strong in places in many areas of the north while in the northwest it will be total.
Weather: Temporarily increased clouds with temporary snowfall mainly in Halkidiki.
Winds: North 4 to 6 and in the east northeast 7 and gradually locally 8 Beaufort.
Temperature: From -04 (minus 4) to 04 degrees Celsius. In western Macedonia from -09 (minus 09) to -01 (minus) degrees Celsius.
IONIAN ISLANDS, EPIRUS, WESTERN STEREA, WESTERN PELOPONNESE
Weather: Temporarily increased clouds with temporary local snowfall
Winds: Northeast 4 to 6 Beaufort.
Temperature: From -01 (minus 1) to 08 degrees Celsius. In Epirus from -04 (minus 4) to 05 degrees Celsius.
THESSALY, EASTERN CENTRAL, EASTERN PELOPONNESE
Weather: Cloudy with snowfall that will be dense in places initially in the Sporades, Evia, gradually in eastern Thessaly (mainly Magnesia), eastern Sterea and in the evening in the eastern Peloponnese. Local storms will occur in the eastern sea and coastal areas.
Winds: North northeast 5 to 7, gradually east 8 and in the Sporades locally up to 9 Beaufort.
Temperature: From -01 (minus 1) to 05 degrees Celsius, while in the north it will be 3 to 5 degrees lower.
Weather: Cloudy with sleet or snowfall which will gradually intensify.
Winds: From north initially 4 to 6 and gradually to the west and north 6 to 7 and locally 8 Beaufort.
Temperature: From 02 to 09 degrees Celsius.
EASTERN AEGEAN ISLANDS – DODECANESE
Weather: In the islands of the eastern Aegean clouds with snowfall which in the morning hours at intervals will be dense. In the Dodecanese, clouds with sleet and snowfall in the mountains that will intensify at night.
Winds: In the islands of the eastern Aegean northeast 5 to 7 and gradually 8 locally 9 Beaufort. In the Dodecanese initially north northwesterly 3 to 5 beauforts, which will gradually turn to east southeast and at night will strengthen to 6 to 7 and locally 8 beauforts.
Temperature: From 02 to 10 degrees Celsius, while in the north it will be 3 to 5 degrees lower.
Weather: Cloudy with snowfall, which from time to time will be dense.
Winds: Northeast 5 to 7 and gradually 7 to 8 Beaufort.
Temperature: From -02 (minus 2) to 04 degrees Celsius.
Weather: Cloudy with snowfall that will intensify from noon.
Winds: North northeast 5 to 7 and gradually to the east local 8 Beaufort.
Temperature: From 01 to 04 degrees Celsius. In the north 2 to 3 degrees lower.
Weather: Temporarily increased clouds with temporary snowfall mainly in the south.
Winds: From north 4 to 6 beauforts.
Temperature: From -01 (minus 1) to 03 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, 112 was activated yesterday and a message was sent to the residents of Magnesia, Sporades, Fthiotida, Evia, the northern Cyclades and Lemnos, warning them of heavy snowfall in the next 48 hours and urging them to avoid unnecessary movements.
Specifically, the message stated: “Warning for heavy snowfall in your area in the next 48 hours. Avoid unnecessary movements. Use anti-skid chains. Follow the instructions of the Authorities.
Watch live the course of the bad weather:
The state mechanism is on alert – Appeal to avoid unnecessary movements in the next 48 hours
The Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Christos Stylianidis, appealed to the citizens to avoid any unnecessary movement in the next 48 hours and to be very careful, after the wide coordination meeting held at the ministry for the development of Hope”.
“We have a difficult two days ahead of us, everyone needs attention and vigilance. Please follow the instructions of the authorities. “With the proper cooperation of all agencies, with the help of the citizens, we will be able to reduce, if possible, to a minimum the effects of this bad weather”, Mr. Stylianidis underlined.
As he stressed, the state mechanism is in full readiness and vigilance to deal with any possible problem, while he pointed out that a great effort will be made to keep the roads open for the country to be functional and to continue the economic and social activity.
At the same time, the personnel of the Fire Brigade serving the Fire Services of Attica, Magnesia, Evia, Boeotia, Cyclades and the island of Skyros were put on partial alert since last night, in order to deal with the consequences of the dangerous weather phenomena for as long as they remain. according to the updated forecasts of EMY, while the staff of the rest of the Fire Services of the country remains on increased alert.
In addition, Mr. Stylianidis also addressed a strong recommendation to the drivers of heavy vehicles that are going to use the Athens-Thessaloniki road to prefer other similar highways such as Olympia and Ionia Odos in order to avoid any possible problem, while he added that those drivers .Χ. vehicles are planning to move on the Athens-Thessaloniki axis, they should definitely have anti-skid chains with them. “The police, depending on the evolution of the weather, will not allow vehicles without anti-skid chains to enter the highway,” he said.
It was also emphasized that all the co-competent bodies are in full readiness for their immediate intervention in case of emergency due to adverse weather conditions, in accordance with the General Plan for Emergency Response and Immediate / Short-term Management of the Consequences of Snowfall and the code name “North”.
In addition, they operate in all the Regional Units that are expected to be affected by the bad weather, Unified Coordination Centers, with the participation of the Fire Brigade, the Greek Police, the Armed Forces, the Local Government and all the involved bodies, while all the forces of the Pre-Civil where the phenomena are expected to occur (Attica, Magnesia, Evia and Skyros, Boeotia, Cyclades) are on alert with the possibility of further escalation, if required, in order to deal with any problems.
It is also noted that HEDNO has made available to citizens a free telephone line for damage announcements (800 400 4000).
Where will the schools be closed?
Schools of all levels of education in many parts of the country will remain closed today. As it was announced yesterday, where lifelong schools do not operate, e-learning will take place. Even today and tomorrow will remain closed all nurseries, nurseries and kindergartens, the Centers for Creative Employment of Children (KDAP), the Centers for Creative Employment of Children and People with Disabilities (KDAPameA) and the Day Care Centers (KDAP) following Regions:
Attica, Crete, Cyclades, as well as in the regional units: Kilkis, Lemnos, Viotia, Evia, Fthiotida, Florina and Corinth.
GSP recommendations to citizens
Citizens are urged to be extremely careful, to avoid unnecessary travel during the next 48 hours and to follow the following basic instructions faithfully:
In particular, in areas where the occurrence of snow and frost is forecast:
If you are going to travel by car:
- To be informed about the weather and the condition of the road network
- Have anti-skid chains and a tank full of fuel in their vehicle
- To travel, if necessary, preferably during the day, preferring the main roads
- To inform their relatives about the route they are going to follow
- Change their travel schedule to avoid the onslaught of the weather
- To faithfully follow the instructions of the locally competent bodies, such as Traffic, etc.
If pedestrians are moving:
Dress with several layers of light clothing instead of heavy clothing and wear appropriate shoes to avoid injuries due to slipperiness.
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