Keep those summer beach memories close to hand – the first winter snow is here.
Almost the entire Lika region was caught in snowy weather last night. In Gospić, more than 30 centimetres of snow has fallen, while in mountainous areas the snow cover is even higher. Snow has caused the falling down of many trees which have damaged electrical lines, so the wider area of Gospić was without power this morning. Director of Elektrolika Ernest Petri said that two transmission lines that supply electricity to Gospić have broken down. There are problems with the local phone lines as well, reports Index.hr and Vecernji List on November 22, 2015.
Snow and strong winds are causing traffic problems in the Primorje region. The Lika-Senj Police Department has announced that the Adriatic highway from Karlobag to Sveta Marija Magdalena is completely closed down, and on all the roads in Lika winter tyres are mandatory.
Rain, snow and sleet slow down traffic in most areas. Several ferry and catamaran lines have been suspended this morning. Due to the stormy winds, parts of the A6 highway Rijeka-Zagreb are open just for smaller vehicles. Due to winter conditions, the traffic is prohibited for trucks with trailers and semi-trailers while other vehicles must have winter equipment on the roads in Gorski Kotar as well.
The weather today will be mostly cloudy with occasional rain, and snow in the mountains. Afternoon, it is expected that the rain will stop. In the first part of the day, winds will be moderate, with heavy winds possible on the Adriatic Sea. The highest daily temperatures will be from 1 to 5 degrees, and from 7 to 19 degrees in the coastal regions, reported the forecast of the State Meteorological Service.