Highly difficult driving conditions in Vidzeme

Ice formation has made driving conditions very difficult at around 13:00 on Thursday January 4 on roads in the vicinity of Cēsis, Valmiera, and Valka, “Latvian State Roads” (LVC) said.

Elsewhere in Vidzeme, as well as in Latgale and around Rīga driving is also difficult due to ice.

Drivers are urged to be extra careful and choose the speed appropriate to the road surface condition and keep a safe distance from vehicles ahead.

As explained by LVC, ice has formed due to heavy precipitation and low air temperature (-12 to -20 C). Emergency maintenance works are carried out to ensure traffic, the slippery roads are cleared and treated with reagents, however, it is ineffective because the wind blows off the sand, and at the current low temperature it is impossible to melt the ice with salt. 

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