Winter has returned to Romania with orange and yellow weather warnings issued for snow and blizzards across the country starting Thursday.
The National Weather Administration said the worst of the wintry weather will affect mountainous and the foothills. But other parts including the capital and southern Romania will also get a dusting after days of rain and drizzle.
It has been one of the coldest Marches in recent years with more snow on the way next week.
Heavy snow will fall in the southern Carpathians where winds will gust up to 90-110 kilometers an hour, particularly above 1,500 meters, causing snowdrifts and reduced visibility, a report said.
It will also snow in Transylvania, northwestern Romania, and in parts of the northern Moldova region and the snow is expected to settle. There will be high winds bringing blizzards and reduced visibility.
The institute issued a yellow weather warning for snowfall which will fall in mountain areas from Thursday through to Saturday.
The wintry weather isn’t restricted to mountain areas, with snow reaching southern Romania and the far northwest over the next two days.