Worst winter in decades torments Balkans

Thousands still snowed in – Journalists still calling it a “cold snap”.

ROMANIA – Possible blizzards in the forecast

In Romania, where temperatures dropped to minus 31 C, traffic is still in chaos with almost all main highways and roads blocked, airports closed and many trains canceled.

Local meteorologists forecast possible blizzards in the days to come for half of the country.


Wednesday and Thursday – forecast temperatures between minus 15 and minus 25 C.

The Serbian government on Sunday evening declared a state of emergency across its entire territory due to heavy snowfall and very low temperatures.


Inhabitants in the Dalmatian hinterland and in the northern coastal region of Kvarner said they could not recall a strong icy wind like the one which hit the region on Tuesday.

Road links to Vrgorac and Imotski, small cities in the Dalmatian hinterland, were cleared on Tuesday but villages in that area are still cut off, lacking basic goods.


Thousands of people in Bosnia are snowed in and many villages still lack water and electricity. Civil protection crews managed to get to some villages around Mostar in the south and deliver medicines and food but some villages near Foca have had to be evacuated.

The Bosnian military and foreign missions have been using helicopters to evacuate endangered people and deliver food and medicine.


Authorities are still attempting to reach some 1000 people in about 80 mountain villages across Macedonia that remain cut off by heavy snowfalls that began this weekend and still persist in some areas.

About 150 kilometers of local mountain roads that lead to these villages remain buried under snow.


Heavy snowfall and temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees over the past week have paralysed almost all of Kosovo.

Villages in the regions of Sharri, Prizren, Peja, Gjakova/Djakovica, Ferizaj/Urosevac, Shtime, Sterpce, Drenas/Glogovac, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Novobrdo, Klokot, Partes, Kamenica, Vitina, Kacanik and Podujeva have been cut off for days by snow that reached about a meter high.

The municipalities of Kacanik, Peja, Kamenica, Vitina and Novobrdo have declared a state of emergency due to heavy snowfall and strong winds.

Due to heavy consumption of electricity for heating, Kosovo’s Power Company (KEK) has imposed a system of selective power cuts.


On Wednesday, Bulgaria decided to close all schools for the next three days, citing severe winter weather conditions and road traffic disruptions.

Severe floods continue to hit villages in the south under pressure from heavy rain and snow.

The Bulgarian village of Biser, near the southern town of Harmanly, has been flooded, because the local “Ivanovo” dam has burst.

The National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology has declared a Code Red warning for very dangerous weather in the regions of Smolyan and Kurdjali because of heavy rain and runoff from previous heavy snowfall.


In the north, dozens of villages remain inaccessible and damage to energy infrastructure is making life on low temperatures difficult to bear. Two northern municipalities, Kolasin and Mojkovac, with a total population of 17000 people, were without power for almost all of Tuesday.


According to police, 13 roads still remain impassable due to snow, most of them in the mountainous north. Many mountain villages remain cut off.

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Note that the link includes the words “cold snap.”

3 thoughts on “Worst winter in decades torments Balkans”

  1. The last time I remember hearing about snow like this was in 1984 around the time of the Sarajevo Olympics. But I don’t think the temperatures were anything like as cold then…..

    Perhaps those with knowledge of the region will add some historical context to quite how unusual this February has been?

    Strange that the world responds to African hunger but turns a blind eye to European suffering, isn’t it??

    • I don’t know where you live, but I know that here in Arizona, the only people that know about the problems in Eastern Europe are people that have family there, or people that go to alternative news sites on the internet. I don’t think it is a blind eye turned by the people, I think it is a conniving media hell bent on pushing global warming that doesn’t want people to know about the suffering from COLD in Europe.

    • European countries are bred resilient after ww2,they’ll manage this mini iceage. As for African countries,western world turns a blind eye to sudan where there are no interests,millions liquidated in Sudan alone with half a dozen other African countries fightin bloodbaths now or recently with untold astronomical numbers of dead.

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