Snowstorm Hinders Traffic, Causes Power Outages

30.11.2012 10:28 Updated 11:33
Category: Environment

If the week's previous weather was a snowstorm, this one was a blizzard.

A fresh snowstorm arriving on Thursday evening from the southeast buried much of the country - with some places gaining up to 27 centimeters of fresh snow, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Institute.

Forecasters said the storm would continue in full force on Friday morning and begin winding down during in the afternoon.

Strong winds from the east and northeast were blowing at 8-13 meters per second, with gusts up to 25 meters per second on the northern coast.

Temperatures varied from -4 to -7 C on the mainland, with temperatures near freezing on Saaremaa.

Traffic is complicated with drifts, limited visibility and strong winds, according to the Road Information Center. Rescuers came to the aid of several trucks and other vehicles that got stuck in the snow. The Rescue Service also warned of fallen trees on roads, which caused several accidents.

Due to a technical breakdown, 300 substations were not operational at 8:45 on Friday, according to Elektrilevi. Around 3,000 households were without power in Estonia, which Elektrilevi said is "nothing out of the ordinary.“


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