Snowfall causes flight delays

On Thursday morning many regions of Latvia saw continuous snowfall, causing outbound flight delays in the Riga International Airport and covering several places in Latvia with a 40 centimeters-deep snow blanket, LSM's weatherman Toms Bricis reported.

The spokeswoman of the Riga International Airport Sarmite Rinmane told BNS that outbound flights may experience delays of 20 to 50 minutes as in these weather conditions it takes more time to prepare the aircraft for takeoff.

According to the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre (LVGMC) the thickest snow blankets were in Sigulda and Vičaki at 36 and 37 centimeters, in Kolka at 32 centimeters and in Zosēni at 26 and Kuldīga at 24 centimeters.

(Image credit: LVĢMC, meteo.lv. Snow clouds over Latvia at 6:04 AM)

The blanket of snow isn't as deep in the capital, despite intense nightly snowfalls, reaching a depth of 16 centimeters in the early hours. Locals report seeing lightning strikes during the snowfall, reported LSM's Latvian-language service.

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