The Estonian Weather Service warned on Wednesday morning that conditions are about to get a lot worse, with strong wind and a lot of snow. The authorities are warning drivers as well as pedestrians to be extra careful, as visibility is very low and the combination of fresh snow and ice on the ground significantly increases braking distance.
The night to Wednesday the weather was mainly overcast, with snow beginning to fall towards the early morning. There is strong wind close to the ground, which means drivers can expect to encounter snowdrifts on countryside roads. The current winds from the south and southwest are still picking up with speeds expected of up to 15 m/s on the mainland and peak speeds of up to 24 m/s along the cost and on the islands.
The daily maximum temperature on Wednesday is -2°C in Tallinn, -6 to -3°C in Central and South Estonia, -6°C in Ida-Viru County, and 1 to 4°C along the west coast and on the islands, where the weather service is warning of particularly tricky road conditions.
The weather will continue to be cloudy throughout the day, with frequent snow fall and ground wind speeds remaining high in the morning. In the late afternoon sleet and rain are expected in the southwest of the country.
Temperatures will increase further towards the evening. A lot of precipitation is expected for the remainder of the week, with plenty of sleet and rain on Thursday. The snow will be back on Saturday, on Sunday the wind will pick up again as well. Temperatures are expected to rise above zero.
Editor: Dario Cavegn