November 20th, 2017

Big freeze hits Cyprus, snow in Paphos

Paphos has seen its first snowfall of the year with a light dusting this morning, as bitterly cold conditions grip the island.

A cold blast has caused temperatures to plummet nationwide, with Nicosia reaching just 4oC at 7am – with the peaks of the Kyrenia Mountains, which overlook the capital being covered with snow.Snowfall was heavy in Troodos where the temperature is currently minus 3oC.

Around 25 cm of snow has been recorded on Mount Olympus and 15 cm in Troodos square.

In the Limassol District the roads leading to Troodos from Karvounas, Platres and Prodromos are closed to all vehicles.

Police are advising drivers, especially those planning to head into the mountain areas to take extreme care and drive in low gears, as the combination of high winds and snow is hampering visibility.

Emergency services remain on alert as gusting winds, snowfall and low temperatures are set to continue to be felt across much of the country.

Last night five aircraft heading to Beirut were forced to land at Larnaca airport due to the stormy conditions.

On Tuesday heavy storms caused several power-cuts in the east of the island, which received a battering during two-days of heavy winds and rain.

 

Source: Famagusta Gazette