Listen, the snow is falling...

Social media went into overdrive Friday with the arrival of a large amount of snow and corresponding traffic chaos.

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.

Some people were able to view the inconvenience with humour, Latvian Radio's Rudite Spakovska describing the scene as "snowpocalypse".

The chaos was seized upon by the national passenger train company to remind people trains offer a reliable alternative to the choked streets.

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.

 

The national weather center said snow cover in Riga could be around 20cm.

So if you do happen to get stuck in traffic, don't stress out. Here's some music to help you chill out...

 

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