First Snow of Season for Parts of Poland, Eastern Europe

By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
November 23, 2014, 2:58:36 AM EST

A slow-moving storm brought the first accumulating snowfall to areas from eastern Poland and western Ukraine into Belarus and the Baltic states this week.

This storm also delivered the final blow in a series of storms that produced flooding across northern Italy and the northern Balkans earlier this week, impacting areas that have suffered through extreme flooding this month.

The storm then moved east to the Black Sea on Thursday spreading rain over the eastern Balkans as well as southern Ukraine. The storm system will continue eastward across the Black Sea causing rain and snow to fall across northern Turkey into Friday night.


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Farther north and west, cold air has led to snow from western Ukraine and eastern Poland into the Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

This is the first measurable snow of the season for the region following a rather mild October and first half of November which featured temperatures 1-4 degrees Celsius (2-6 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal.

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A general 2-8 cm (1-3 inches) will fall across the region with local amounts of 8-15 cm (3-6 inches) possible from western Ukraine northward into central Latvia.

The snowfall will result in travel delays across the region through Friday night as snow continues to fall across the region. The heaviest snowfall Friday night is expected near the borders of Belarus, Poland and Lithuania.


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Snowfall will taper off on Saturday leaving areas to clean up the first wintry mess of the season.

High pressure building in from Russia will bring largely dry and cold conditions with just some flurries Saturday night into Sunday.

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