Heavy snowfall prompts Rīga 'red alert'

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Continuing heavier-than-expected snowfall December 3 has prompted the official weather forecasting agency to issue a 'red warning', upgrading its previous 'orange warning', which itself was an upgrade of an earlier 'yellow warning'.

Taking into account the snowfall in Riga, which is stronger than expected, @LVGMC_Meteo has raised the level of warning for the capital to red for the first time in history. The alert will be valid until 20:00 local time when snow is expected to ease off.

Drivers in particular should exercise extreme caution and consider if their journeys are really necessary, though given the fact that it is a Friday afternoon, the evening rush hour will likely prove a very trying experience. Visibility is likely to be limited to a maximum of 500 meters and there is a "very high risk of accidents". 


Much of the rest of the country is still covered by orange and yellow warnings, which you can see on this regularly updated map. Only some southern and western districts escape warnings of one kind or another.

Yellow = potentially dangerous
Orange = dangerous
Red = very dangerous

By Friday morning many places already had 20 to 30 centimeters of snow cover, with plenty more to come.

In case of emergency, call the emergency services on 112.

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