Road safety authorities’ warnings over the weekend for drivers not to rush to change their winter tires over just yet proved to be prescient as the Liepāja highway in the early morning hours was especially difficult to maneuver upon under snow cover like most of the regional roads throughout Kurzeme.
Forecasts predict more snow at various times throughout the day in scattered spots around the land.
Kurzeme residents reported that intense snow caused heavy accumulations in a very short time in Saldus, Kuldīga and Dobele, where official measurements read between 2-5 centimeters.
High up in Durbe county's woods the eagle's nest under video observation by the state Nature Protection Board was all snowed in.
Salacgrīva in far northern coastal Vidzeme province also reported about 5 centimeters.
The wintry mix of snow and rain will continue intermittently throughout the day Tuesday in most of the country, so drivers will have to take treacherous conditions into account again after a brief respite from the season’s icy roads. Though such strong snow as Kurzeme saw this morning is unlikely to return, the Riga-Ventspils, Riga-Tallinn, Riga-Valka and the Vidzeme highways are expected to have snow and ice on them, causing slippery driving.
The coming days promise to be more spring-like, promise forecasts, but for now the snow has made a clear comeback.