A blizzard that has dumped more than 2 feet of snow continues to unleash its fury on southeastern Europe.
The worst of the blizzard was bearing down on Bulgaria and southeastern Romania Thursday afternoon (local time, Thursday morning EST).
Sustained winds in excess of 35 mph (30 knots) with stronger gusts were whipping many communities as snow continued to piled up.
Through 2 p.m. Thursday local time, snow since Tuesday had amounted to 25 inches in the Romanian city of Craiova.
Other snow totals in Romania include 10 inches at Sibiu and a fresh 8 inches at Bucharest.
In neighboring Bulgaria, 17 inches buried Vratza with 14 inches measured in Pleven. The nation's capital of Sofia reported a fresh foot of snow.
The snow forced officials to close more than 100 national roads in Romania, according to the Romania Insider. Train service and flights have been canceled, including in the capital city of Bucharest.
Reuters reports that Romania has called in the army to rescue hundreds of motorists stranded in the snow.
Roads are also closed throughout Bulgaria, the Sofia News Agency reports, with vehicles stuck in the snow.
Officials are not allowing motorists to cross the Danube Bridge, which connects Bulgaria and Romania.
In addition, the heavy snow has put roughly 53,000 customers in the dark throughout western and southwestern Bulgaria.
The blizzard will wind down by midday Friday with bitter cold to follow for the the weekend.
The second half of the week looks to be noticeably cooler and less humid in the Chicago area.
Tropical Depression Two has formed in the Atlantic and could become the next tropical storm of the season by midweek.
Severe storms will rumble through parts of the Midwest, including Chicago, early Tuesday night.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
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