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Storm “Filippos” Βrings Snow, Rain and Low Temperatures in Greece

ATHENS – Snowy conditions and unseasonally low temperatures prevailed in much of Greece on Wednesday, as the arrival of Storm “Filippos” brought snow at even low altitudes and rainstorms further south. According to the National Observatory of Athens weather service, the cold snap is caused by the arrival of cold air from the poles from northeastern European.

The rains and snowfall are forecast to gradually subside from Wednesday afternoon, while storms are expected to continue for the islands of the Aegean and Crete, while weather conditions are expected to worsen on Thursday.

In Attica, police have forbidden cars from travelling beyond the cable car terminal due to the snow, while all trucks over 3.5 tonnes and all vehicles not equipped with snow chains have been forbidden to use the old Elefsina-Thiva national road. The ban does not apply to emergency vehicles, road assistance vehicles and trucks carrying salt, while it will be lifted when conditions improve.

Heavy snow was falling in parts of Central Greece, including Pilio and Volos, where drivers have been advised to have snow chains and many schools remained closed, as well as Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia and Ioannina. Traffic measures, such as banning heavy vehicles and requiring use of snow chains, were imposed in several areas, while many schools remained closed.

Weather forecast: Sleet, snow on Thursday

Low temperatures, snowfall and northerly winds are forecast for Thursday. Wind velocity will reach 8 on the Beaufort scale. Clouds and light snowfall in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from -03C to 04C. In western Macedonia temperatures will range from -10C to 02C. Rain in the western parts with snowfall in the mountainous and semi-mountainous areas and temperatures between 02C and 09C. Sleet or snowfall in the eastern parts and temperatures between -03 and 08C. Rain or sleet in the Aegean islands and Crete, 04C-010C. Sleet or snow in Athens, 0C-05C. Partly cloudy and gradually light snowfall in Thessaloniki, -01C-04C.

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