Bad weather “Medea”: White operation in Northern Greece and Thessaly

The bad weather is in progress in Northern Greece, with the snow and the bitter cold that “Medea” brought from Saturday morning in Florina, Kozani, Kastoria, Ptolemaida, Veria, Kavala, Katerini, as well as in Polygyros and other areas of Halkidiki. The snow is falling densely at this time in the center of Thessaloniki.

As announced by the Thessaloniki Traffic Department, due to snowfall, anti-skid chains are necessary at the following points:

In Imathia, from the 87th to the 98th kilometer of the old national road Thessaloniki – Kozani (via Kastania), in the road networks to the ski resorts of Selio & 3-5 Pigadia, from the 2 km of the municipal road Naoussa – Arkohori, from 3 kilometer of the municipal road Naoussa – Rodochori.

In the law of Pella, on the road networks to the ski center Vora (Kaimaktsalan).

In Pieria, from 34 to 44 km of the national road Katerini – Elassona.

In Halkidiki, from 70 to 85 km of the old national road Thessaloniki – Ierissos (via Taxiarchis).

It is also reminded that there is a ban on the movement of trucks over 3.5 tons on the Egnatia Odos and throughout the road network of Halkidiki.

West Macedonia

Regarding Western Macedonia, according to the General Regional Police Directorate of Western Macedonia, the situation in the road network of the Region of Western Macedonia per Police Directorate is as follows:

From 13.00 on Saturday (13-02-2021) there is a temporary ban on the movement of all trucks with a payload of more than 3.5 tons in both traffic streams: from 120.8 km (A / K PANAGIAS) to 181.1 km (A / K SIATISTAS) of the Egnatia Odos highway.

The traffic of vehicles on the Egnatia Odos, as well as on the National and Provincial road network, is carried out normally.

In the prefecture of Kastoria, the traffic of vehicles is carried out exclusively with the use of special type of tires or anti-skid chains from the 18th to 28th km of the Provincial Road Kastoria – Florina (via Vitsi) and from the 36th to the 40th km of the Provincial Road – Ioan (via Kotili).

The traffic of vehicles on the vertical axis (A-29) of the Egnatia Road Siatista – Krystallopigi, as well as throughout the National and other Provincial and Municipal road network, is carried out normally.

In the prefecture of Kozani, from 13.00 on Saturday (13-02-2021) there is a temporary ban on the movement of all trucks of payload over 3.5 tons in both traffic streams: from the 181.1km km of East Siatista up to 227.0 km of AK Polymylou, from 0.0 km of AK (West Siatista) to 17.5 km of AK 02 Aliakmonas and from 51.0 km of National Road Kozani-Larissa (borders with Larissa).

The traffic of vehicles throughout the National, Provincial and Municipal road network, as well as on the Egnatia Odos and the vertical axis A-29 Kozani-Kastoria is carried out exclusively with the use of special type of tires or anti-skid chains.

In the prefecture of Florina, the traffic of vehicles on the vertical axis of the Egnatia Odos (A-27) Nikis-Florina, as well as on the National, Provincial and Municipal road network, is carried out exclusively with the use of special types of tires or anti-skid chains.

From the Services of the General Regional Police Directorate of Western Macedonia, in the framework of the operational planning, the necessary measures are taken throughout the manifestation of the severe weather phenomena.

It is noted that on the website of EL.AS. “Hellenicpolice.gr”, there is a special banner with constant information about the weather – traffic jams – use of anti-skid chains throughout the territory, as well as road safety tips.

In addition, any citizen who wants to be vaccinated for coronavirus and needs help to go to a vaccination center, as well as any citizen who needs help to go to a hospital or medical center (eg kidney patients for dialysis, etc.), can to call 100, so that the Services of the General Regional Police Directorate of Western Macedonia assist in its safe movement.

On the occasion of the snowfall that will be caused by the bad weather “Medea” in the coming days in a large part of our country, probably in the capital, EAA-meteo presented a table with the ten most important snowfall episodes in Athens and the absolute minimum temperatures during of the episodes, during the last 110 years (as measured by the meteorological station of the National Observatory of Athens in Thiseio). The most significant snowfall occurred in February 1911, when up to one and a half meters of snow fell, while the majority of the most significant snowfall occurred in February. The most recent episode of significant snowfall in Athens was on February 17-18, 2008, when 20 cm of snow had fallen.

The lowest temperature recorded in Thissio was minus 5.7 degrees on February 14-15, 1934, while in the snow of February 2008 the thermometer had dropped to minus 5 degrees. The longest snowfalls were recorded in February 1934, January 1964 and January 2002 (from 48 hours in all three cases).

The temperatures are very low. In Florina the temperature is -6 degrees Celsius, in Vlasti Kozani and in the ski center Kaimaktsalan -7, in Ptolemaida and Amynteo -5, in Nevrokopi -4, in Naoussa -2, in Nea Santa Kilkis -1, in Grevena 0, in Giannitsa 1. In Thessaloniki the temperature is 2 degrees Celsius. They have been on alert until Friday, when the bad weather is expected to stop, the Civil Protection departments of the Regions, but also the municipalities. The Region of Central Macedonia has procured 10,000 tons of salt, while it has more than a hundred construction machines at all construction sites.

Eighty snow machines of all types are on full alert to deal with the new strong wave of snowfall, which is expected to occur by noon on Saturday throughout western Macedonia.

The municipalities of eastern Macedonia and the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace are on full alert to deal with the new cold wave.

The municipalities of the prefecture of Thessaloniki have also taken precautionary measures with machinery and salt reserves, so that in case of a snowfall, problems will not be created either on the roads for the traffic of vehicles or on the movement of citizens.

In the municipality of Thessaloniki, from yesterday until the retreat of the phenomena, a homeless hostel operates within the premises of the Thessaloniki International Fair. Authorities advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel and, if necessary, to be informed about the weather and the condition of the road network and to be provided with anti-skid chains.

Snow falls in the morning in the city of Larissa. Due to the snowfall, the General Regional Police Directorate of Thessaly announced a traffic ban in both streams of all trucks, payload over 3.5 tons on the national road Larissa – Kozani and the new national road Larissa – Elassona – Koz.

For its part, the municipality of Larissa announced to the citizens that specific points of the city have been designated for the supply of salt just in case. As the responsible deputy mayor George Zaoutsos explained to APE-MPE, machines of the municipality of Larissa are on alert to attempt if necessary in the coming hours and depending on the evolution of the phenomenon.

Heavy rains and heavy snowfall on Sunday

According to the available forecast data of the National Observatory of Athens / Meteo.gr, for Sunday 14/02, where the first phase of the bad weather “Medea” is expected to peak, rain or sleet is expected from the morning until the afternoon of Sunday 14/02 in the plains of the Western and Eastern Sterea, the Peloponnese and the coasts of Epirus, while thunderstorms will occur in the morning on the Ionian islands and possibly later in the Cyclades.

Occasionally heavy snowfalls from the height of Central Greece and further north, as well as in the rest of the mountains and semi-mountains of the mainland after the afternoon of Sunday 14/02, the effects will gradually weaken in the north and will be limited to the east and south, with snowfall. gradually manifest at lower altitudes (including the northern suburbs of Athens).

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, meteo.gr, The photos / videos from thessnews.gr, thestival.gr, onlarissa.gr


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