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Stormy winds are bringing snow to Greece

03 December 2013 / 15:12:09  GRReporter
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The stormy winds that started blowing last night caused many problems in Greece. So far, the fire service in Attica has received 232 calls from citizens reporting fallen trees and large objects that are blocking the streets.

At the train station in the Athens suburb of Menidi, a fallen tree crushed two cars. Damage to vehicles has been reported in other places in Athens as well. The traffic on several roads has been interrupted for the same reason. A total of 28 teams involving 80 firefighters are working to clear the streets from fallen trees and objects.

The strength of the winds is 10 on the Beaufort scale (88-102 km/h). The journeys of hydrofoil vessels from Piraeus to Aegina have been cancelled. The early ferry from Rafina to Andros, Tinos and Mykonos also remained tied at the port. The ban on sailing also applies to the ships serving the routes from Lavrio to the island of Kea and the lines Volos - Sporades Islands, Kavala - Prinos, Thassos - Keramoti. The ferry connection between Central Greece and the Peloponnese has been interrupted as well.

The Greek weather service reports that the winds will not subside and will continue to blow, reaching 7-9 on the Beaufort scale (28-47 km/h) and even 10 in some places in the eastern parts of Greece. It also warns of a significant drop in temperatures and of snowfall in the mountains in eastern Greece.

In Athens, there will be high clouds and the rain will gradually turn into snow. It will start snowing on Mount Parnitha and, in the evening, it will start snowing in the hilly areas higher than 600 m above sea level. Temperatures will be between 8 and 11 degrees Celsius, and 3-4 degrees lower in the northern areas.

The weather forecast for the region of Thessaloniki is for high clouds, rainfall and snowfall in high places at first and later in areas of altitude 400-600 metres, and for temperatures in the range of 4-6 degrees Celsius.

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