The storm “Leandros” is throwing everything it has on Greece, bringing snowfall and bitter cold to the Attica region and the majority of the country.
Right after midnight, snow began to fall throughout Central Greece, mostly in Evrytania, western Fthiotida, northern Evia, and Fokida, but it has not created any major problems so far.
In the early morning hours, “Leandros” arrived in the Attica region, bringing continuous rainfall, temperatures in the lower digits and snow to the top of Mount Parnitha.
Snow on the roads leading to Parnitha’s summit has disrupted traffic, according to a warning from the Athens General Police Directorate.
Police also cautioned the public that there are traffic interruptions in the Athens-Thebes and Thebes-Lamia National Highway system in both directions and banned vehicles weighing 3.5 tons and over from using the road.
Heavy snowfall in Thessaloniki
The whole city of Thessaloniki is already covered in snow, as Leandros” arrived in Greece from the North. Light flurries appeared at dawn, but the snowfall increased in severity in the morning.
The intensity of the snowfall increased during the day, with temperatures dropping below zero, with the snow freezing in the upper parts of the city.
Meanwhile in the Evryrania region, snow exceeded 8 cm (more than 3 inches) with snowplows opening the roads from Lamia to Karpenisi and from Karpenisi to Agrinio.
In western Fthiotida the snowfall is particularly intense at the moment, and in mountain villages such as Gardiki and Pougakia the depth of the snow has exceeded 10 cm (4 inches), with snowplows working overtime.
Evia and Central Greece hit hard by Leandros
Right after midnight snow began falling in northern Evia and especially in the Kerasia Community, soon covering the area in white.
As a precaution, local authorities banned trucks of over 1.5 tons on the National Highway between Schimatari – Chalkida. The same applies to the road between the cities of Chalkida and Edipsos.
Citizens of Larissa woke up and saw their city dressed in white, while from the early morning hours on Saturday the plain of Thessaly was covered in snow as well.