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Cold air associated with the “Beast from the East” will set the stage for several rounds of snow across the Balkan Peninsula this week.
Early this week, snow spread from the Dinaric Alps through Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary and Romania, creating slippery travel.
Below-freezing temperatures allowed snow and ice to fall and accumulate, even in low-elevation cities such as Belgrade, Serbia; and Bucharest, Romania.
Then another round of snow hit the area Wednesday and Wednesday night.
The heaviest snow through Wednesday night was across the mountains of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina into Kosovo, Serbia, northern Bulgaria and southern Romania. This includes the cities of Belgrade and Bucharest.
These areas, in addition to northern Albania and northern Macedonia, will endure an even heavier round of snowfall with the next round of snow, which will be from Thursday into Friday.
The hardest-hit areas could pick up 15-30 cm (6-12 inches) during this 24-hour period.
Snowfall will continue across much of the interior Balkan Peninsula on Friday; however, it is expected to lighten up late in the day into Friday night.
Total snowfall through Friday night will exceed 30 cm (12 inches) in some locations from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro into Serbia and southern Romania.
Cities at risk for the heaviest snow include Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Nis, Serbia; and Bucharest, Romania. Travel shutdowns are possible during the heaviest snowfall along with the risk for long-duration power outages.
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“There could be up to 90 cm (3 feet of snow) in some mountain locations,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.
Areas near the Adriatic Sea will remain mild enough to prevent any snowfall; however, rounds of rain will bring the threat for flooding this week.
“Locally up to 75 mm (3 inches) of rain will be possible in Montenegro and Albania with the threat for stream and river flooding,” added Roys.
A milder storm will then threaten to bring rain to the entire region from Sunday into Monday, resulting in an increased risk of flooding, avalanches and mudslides.
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