Polar Cold Shuts Down Hundreds of Schools in Bulgaria
More than 450 schools across Bulgaria closed their doors on Tuesday morning as the country was hit by a wave of polar cold.
The blizzards, which hit hard Bulgaria last week, blocking highways and leaving thousands of people without electricity, subsided only to be replaced by extremely low temperatures.
The country witnessed an historic cold snap on Tuesday, recording a wind chill of 29 degrees Celsius below zero in the town of Knezha, Northern Bulgaria.
In the early mornings the mercury plunged on average to 20 degrees Celsius below zero, particularly in western Bulgaria.
Highs will remain unusually low throughout the week, hovering about 10 degrees below zero.
The freezing cold will create hazardous driving conditions along the icy mountain roads and will force authorities to close many.
The mountainous towns of Gabrovo, Smolyan, Chepelare will be the hardest hit cold-gripped regions.
Friday may bring some respite, but weathermen give no guarantees as the air fronts over the continent are very dynamic.
Bulgaria was thrown into chaos during the first days of the new year as heavy snow and torrential rains cut off electricity, stranded people, cars, buses and trucks.
Cold weather and heavy snow are believed to have caused the death of three men in a mountainous region near the town of Smolyan, Southern Bulgaria, at the beginning of January, and one elderly man in Sofia this week.
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