Snow and ice make driving difficult across Latvia

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On Monday morning, snow and ice throughout Latvia are making it difficult to drive on the country's main and regional highways, "Latvijas valsts ceļi" (Latvian State Roads, LVC) said in update on conditions.

Icy sections of road are being cleaned and sprinkled with anti-slip materials, with 126 units out and about on the road network.

Particuarly difficult driving conditions are beng encountered on main highways at:

  • Tallinn highway (A1) in the section from Riga to Tuja;
  • Vidzeme highway (A2) along the entire route;
  • Valmiera highway (A3) along the entire route;
  • Riga bypass (Baltezers-Saulkalne) (A4) along the entire route;
  • Daugavpils highway (A6) in the section from Daugavpils to Pļaviņas;
  • Bauska highway (A7) in the section from Grenctāle to Iecava;
  • Jelgava highway (A8) in the section from Eleja to Olaine;
  • Liepāja highway (A9) in the section from Liepāja to Skrunda;
  • Ventspils highway (A10) in the section from Strazde to Ventspils;
  • Liepāja—Lithuanian border (Rucava) (A11) along the entire route;
  • Jēkabpils–Rēzekne–Ludza–Russian border (Terehova) (A12) along the entire route;
  • Russian border (Grebneva)–Rēzekne–Daugavpils–Lithuanian border (Medumi) (A13) along the entire route;
  • Daugavpils bypass (A14) along the entire route;
  • Rēzekne bypass road (A15) along the entire route;
  • Tīnūži–Koknese regional highway (P80) along the entire route.

Driving on regional roads is difficult throughout Latvia. A live map with conditions marked in separate sections can be found here.

Drivers are advised to be especially careful, choosing a speed appropriate to the condition of the road surface and keeping a safe distance from the vehicles in front.

A weekend blizzard saw a large number of accidents. State Police said on March 5 that in the previous 24 hours, 159 road traffic accidents were registered across the country in which 16 people were injured, with incidents including a bus sliding into a ditch. The day before that saw 129 accidents in which 12 people were injured.

According to latest forecasts, more snow can be expected on Monday. Snowfall will be heavy but of short duration and localised. There is a slight possibility that it may also be accompanied by thunderstorms, but the sun will also shine for a while.

A light to moderate westerly wind will blow, becoming more gusty during heavy snowfall and the maximum air temperature will be in the range -2 Celsius to +2 C.

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