More snow expected Sunday

On the second day of 2022, there will be widespread snow and rain across Latvia, forecasters predict.

It will snow heavily in many places, though less in north-eastern districts.

Coming from in the west, precipitation will fall as snow, sleet and rain, and fog will form in many places. Due to freezing conditions that wll create slippery raods, the Latvian Center for Environment, Geology and Meteorology (LVĢMC) has issued a yellow warning throughout the country.

Snowfall will be heaviest in central and south-eastern parts of the country and could add six centimeters to the snow layer.

Southery and southeasterly wind gusts will reach 8-13 meters per second. The maximum air temperature will vary quite a lot, from -5 Celsius on the Russian border to +5 degrees on the coast of South Kurzeme.

Driving will be hampered by snowfall and ice as well as thick fog in Kurzeme, so drivers should be very cautious.

 

Meanwhile the water level in rivers continues to rise and the LVĢMC is warning people not to risk walking on 'what might look like solid ice, saying:

"The thickness of the ice sheet in rivers is very uneven. On the banks of the river, the ice can be in several layers, thinner in the middle. The ice is mostly covered with snow, which hinders the increase in the thickness of the ice cover and hinders the visual assessment of the danger of the ice cover. Due to the thaw, the formation of ice in water bodies will stop, water will appear on the ice, the area of ​​drips will increase, and the snow cover will flatten. Runoff will increase and water levels will rise, flooding and floodplains. It is DANGEROUS to be on the ice!"

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