On Tuesday and Wednesday, snow and sleet can be expected throughout the country. The heavist snowfall is likely to be in Vidzeme and Latgale, where the snow layer will increase by about five centimeters.
Already-tricky driving conditions will be further complicated by patches of fog.
The air temperature on Tuesday and Wednesday will be within the range -5 Celsius to 0 degrees, though in the afternoons in Kurzeme and coastal districts it could nudge just above freezing point to as high as +3 C, causing some snow melt.
In the second half of the week, colder and drier air will flow over Latvia, so the precipitation will stop, the fog will disperse, the sky will clear and the sun will shine. However, clear skies mean it will get colder. On Friday and Saturday morning, the air temperature will drop as low as -10 C in many places and as low as -15 C in the coldest. In the afternoons, tempertures will be in the range -7 C to -2 C degrees, being generally colder in the east and a little warmer in the west.
In such extended sub-zero conditions, the ice on bodies of water bodies will become thicker and larger lakes and rivers will also begin to freeze over, however, the public is reminded that venturing onto the ice at the beginning of winter is very dangerous and remains forbidden until further notice.
Providing only minimal consolation, Toms Bricis reminded LTV viewers that at the beginning of December last year, the weather in Latvia was even colder. The air temperature dropped below -20 degrees in many places from December 7 to 9, and the snow cover was also thicker.