North-east currently winter wonderland

The north-east of Latvia was the place for snow lovers to be Monday, with heavy snowfall in the area resulting in snow cover that is deep and crisp and even.

On Monday morning, snow depth reached 26 centimeters in Aluksne, the thickest snow cover of the winter so far, the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Center reported.

In general the winter has seen plenty of snow falling but a series of almost immediate melts have frustrated lovers of winter sports and igloo-builders.

In most of Vidzeme region, the snow is 10-17 centimeters thick, with the winter sports center of Sigulda having 23 centimeters of the white stuff. Meanwhile the coastal towns of Ainaži and Salacgrīva reported almost no snow at all.

In the eastern Latgale region, snow is 7-17 centimeters thick, and in southern Zemgale 3-10 cm.

The western Courland region also has large areas that are snow-free with only 3cm cover in places, while Riga has around 4cm.

Forecasts do not predict major snowfalls during the rest of the week despite consistent sub-zero temperatures.

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