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Potent storm to slam Italy, Balkan Peninsula with flooding rain, disruptive snow

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
11/19/2018, 12:03:28 PM

Once again, Italy and the Balkan Peninsula will be dealing with a potent storm through Tuesday.

Flash flooding and mudslides will be a concern in southwestern Italy and the southern coast of the Adriatic Sea through Tuesday as the storm unloads heavy rain.

Rainfall can be on the order of 25-75 mm (1-3 inches) with localized amounts to 150 mm (6 inches).

Cities at risk for the flooding include Naples, Italy; Split, Croatia; and Tirana, Albania.

I think that the heaviest rain will remain south of Rome, but localized issues in low-lying and poor drainage areas may unfold.

Balkans Nov 19

Enough cold will be in place for snow and disruptive travel from southern Austria to western Croatia, away from the coast.

A general 2-8 cm (1-3 inches) of snow is anticipated in most of these areas, but my colleague AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys is concerned for 8-15 cm (3-6 inches) with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 30 cm (12 inches) in the higher terrain.

Farther inland over the Balkan Peninsula, there can be a brief period of snow or icy mix before a changeover to rain.

However, motorists should not let their guard down. The snow or icy mix can leave a quick coating in several communities, which is all it takes to cause untreated roads and sidewalks to become slick.

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