Delays on public transport of 40 minutes to an hour were being reported Friday morning, with the snow not helped by a series of road closures in central Riga as a result of the "16+1" international meeting involving leaders from China and sixteen countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Frustration caused by long waits in traffic is reportedly leading some motorists to drive aggressively, resulting in accidents and further delays.
The US Embassy in Riga even took the time to post a video clip of a scene which is more Alaska than Arizona.
Winter is here! ❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/PV3ufUM4LE— US Embassy Riga (@USEmbassyRiga) November 4, 2016
Some people were able to view the inconvenience with humour, Latvian Radio's Rudite Spakovska describing the scene as "snowpocalypse".
Jelgavā zaļa zāle, Rīgā sniegapokalipse pic.twitter.com/d0GFMg7l3T— Rudīte Spakovska (@rudites) November 4, 2016
The chaos was seized upon by the national passenger train company to remind people trains offer a reliable alternative to the choked streets.
Braucot vilcienā nokļūsti galamērķī laicīgi :) https://t.co/zQBaPhrXIg— Pasažieru Vilciens (@PVilciens) November 4, 2016
However bad news for commuters could turn into good news for skiers at the weekend with some slopes announcing they might be open for business if the snow continues and is accompanied by low temperatures. "We can just hope and cross our fingers," said the Zagarkalns ski center.
Ja laika prognozes piepildīties, iespējams, varēsim atvērt pirmo nogāzi jau Sestdien pēcpusdienā. Pagaidām gan tikai ceram un turam īkšķus.— Žagarkalns (@zagarkalns) November 3, 2016
The national weather center said snow cover in Riga could be around 20cm.
Pateicoties ZR vējam un vēsajām gaisa masām, virs siltā līča ūdens veidojas sniega mākoņi; Rīgā sniega segas biezums no rīta sasniedzis 20cm pic.twitter.com/mbCA9ogMnn— Meteo.lv (@LVGMC_Meteo) November 4, 2016
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