Freezing drizzle, then snow on the way

Snow has reached southeastern Lithuania Wednesday and is headed toward Latvia, expected to reach accumulations of 10 centimeters or more in Vidzeme province by the middle of next week. With temperatures hovering at or well below freezing, meteorologists and state road authorities are already warning drivers of black ice conditions on the roads overnight to Thursday.

Daytime temperatures in Latvia were between -3 degrees Celsius in the far east of the country and +2 degrees in western coastal areas under mostly clear skies with scattered clouds. Lows overnight to Wednesday were down to -6 and -7 in inland northern Vidzeme province, between zero and -5 degrees in central areas, and +1 and +2 degrees in the horn of Kurzeme.

Riga is later expected to see mostly cloudy skies with the possibility of freezing drizzle, with temperatures falling to zero overnight and up to just +1 during the day. The cloud cover will increase Thursday.

By Friday morning forecasts call for accumulations of snow cover in much of Latvia as a broad band of moisture crosses the land. Wet snow is then expected to prevail until Sunday, when skies could clear for some sun, but temperatures will keep dropping gradually.

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