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Frost lashes Italy, snow in Sardinia, isolated pastures. Bora in Trieste

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More snowfalls, rains and strong winds in Italy, yellow alert in nine regions: the cold has arrived overwhelmingly on the Peninsula and promises to remain and even intensify in the next few days with the arrival of an Arctic saber, temperatures plummeting also in the South and lots of snow along the Apennine ridge. A ‘grip’ that also has its consequences on plants and trees, so much so that Coldiretti speaks of over 40,000 unsafe shrubs to be secured.

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In the next few hours, in particular, the unstable vortex that is hitting the South will move towards the Balkans, bringing bad weather to the Adriatic regions as well: widespread snow is expected from 100 meters of altitude in the Marche up to 300-400 meters in Calabria. In the North-West, in Tuscany and in Sardinia, clear skies are expected, clear skies which, however, have favored lows below zero, especially between Lombardy and Piedmont. Between Sunday evening and the early hours of Monday, beware of copious snowfalls in southern Campania, western Basilicata and northern Calabria. In these areas the snow could accumulate up to 40 cm above 300 meters in the worst case scenario. Expected temperatures in the plains in the North on average between -4°C at night and +3°C during the day, in the center from 0°C to 5°C, in the South from 3°C to 9°C, while in the mountains we will have -15°C at 1500 meters and about -25°C at 3000 meters: note the -20°C expected in the Livigno area, the -8°C expected in Aosta and Cuneo and also the -4°C in Milan, with perceived temperatures reaching -50°C on the highest peaks of the Alps due to the wind.

This is the situation in Italy

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Abundant snowfalls in the Foggia area, schools closed
A wave of bad weather has hit the Foggia area since the early hours of the morning where the snow has whitened the highest peaks of the Capitanata from the Gargano to the Monti Dauni. Snow in Monte Sant’Angelo, San Giovanni Rotondo, San Marco in Lamis and Rignano Garganico. The places most affected by the wave of bad weather are Faeto where the white blanket has reached 40 centimeters, Monteleone di Puglia, Roseto Valfortore, Alberona and Anzano di Puglia. In these municipalities, the mayors have issued orders to close schools. From the Province they let it be known that the rescue machine has been set in motion where salt spreaders and snowplows have made the main road arteries passable. There are currently no traffic disruptions. During the night, however, a large tree fell along the road that leads from Foggia to Troia involving two vehicles: four people were slightly injured. Strong winds also in the capital city after the mercury column dropped below ten degrees.

Snow causes damage and inconvenience in Molise, schools closed
Molise for hours under the snow. In the region it has been snowing non-stop since yesterday afternoon with heavy inconvenience and damage. Today the schools have remained closed in the two capitals, Campobasso and Isernia, and also in dozens of other smaller towns. In Campobasso, over 30 centimeters of snow fell, 90 snowploughs and salt spreaders worked tirelessly during the night. Many difficulties on the roads, there are many impassable routes due to snow or falling branches and trees. Several mayors denounce “difficult situations” also due to damaged telephone or energy cables. The same problem in Campobasso for the Christmas lights, which had not yet been dismantled, and which, weighed down by the snow, ended up on the streets of the centre. In the mountain resorts of the region the snow exceeded one meter in height. Temperatures down to 5 degrees below zero.

Orange alert for wind in ER, forecasted snow
Orange alert for wind in some areas of Emilia-Romagna for tomorrow, Sunday 22 January, especially on the coast and on the Apennine ridges. The sea is expected to be very rough inland and up to rough offshore with wave heights of up to four metres. Arpae and Civil Protection also foresee conditions of the sea near the coast which could generate phenomena of instability, erosion or marine intrusion. Also for tomorrow, snowfalls are expected in the Apennines and on the central-eastern hills of the region, up to 100-200 meters, water mixed with snow in the plains. In the Romagna mountains, rainfall may be of moderate or temporarily heavy intensity with accumulations of snow between 30-50 cm, while in other areas accumulations will be more modest.

Sardinia under the snow, schools closed in Nuoro
The weather alert for snow and ice in Sardinia has been extended until Monday 23rd. The notice was issued by the regional civil protection. The Nuorese woke up for the second day under the snow, which today also made its appearance in the capital of Barbagia: the mayor of Nuoro Andrea Soddu has ordered the closure of the schools which since yesterday have not taught even in the mountain villages of the area. The mayor has also set up a telephone number, available 24 hours a day, to help frail people, the elderly or anyone who needs assistance or travel. Meanwhile, the serious blackout that affected the 5 highest villages in Sardinia for the whole day due to the lines brought down under the weight of the snow – Desulo, Tonara, Gadoni, Belvì and Aritzo – was resolved between yesterday evening and the first hours this morning, but not quite. In Asuai, a district of Desulo that still has no electricity. This morning in central Sardinia it continues to snow. The Traffic Police with its 23 patrols are in action in all the roads where the criticality is maximum, such as the Statale 131 between Macomer and Campeda and on the SS 389 Nuoro-Lanusei. “In these conditions, as long as the weather alert remains, do not travel without winter tires and chains on board to come to Barbagia – is the appeal of the head of the Nuoro Traffic Police Leo Testa – Many motorists call our switchboards with the “I intend to go to Fonni or Desulo to see the snow, but they don’t have the necessary devices. Anyone coming towards Nuoro from the 131 DCN state road or has to cross Campeda, or worse yet must take the 389 state road to go to the mountains, cannot do so without devices “. At 5 this morning a heavy vehicle got stuck on the entry ramp from Nuoro to the SS 131 DCN but at the moment the traffic is quite flowing both on the main roads and on the provincial roads of central Sardinia, thanks to the presence of snow plows and salt spreaders. copiously in the Nuoro area it is creating various inconveniences in the farms located in the mountains. In some areas of Ogliastra, in particular in Arzana, several cattle breeders have organized themselves into small groups to bring the fodder to the cattle, which have remained isolated in the stables. With some pick-ups they managed to cross the rural roads covered by several centimeters of snow to refresh the animals. The vehicles were loaded with numerous bales of hay and were slowly brought up to the farms. A mutualistic intervention that made it possible to feed cattle and other animals.

More inconvenience due to blackouts in Barbagia
Not only Desulo has to deal with the lack of electricity: in Seulo, in the southern part of the Nuorese Barbagia, there are still 42 users still in blackout. However, the traffic problems on the road from Seulo to Villanova Tulo have been resolved. The snowploughs and salt spreaders have cleared the roadway of the snow that fell abundantly yesterday. Some discomfort also in maritime transport: a connection between Santa Teresa Gallura and Bonifacio, in Corsica, was skipped, while the Carloforte-Portovesme connection service was diverted to the Calasetta port.

Bad weather, abundant snowfall in Abruzzo: schools closed

Rescue of 8 cars blocked by snow in Abruzzo – In Abruzzo also tomorrow red alert for avalanches. An emergency intervention by the carabinieri of Pescasseroli (L’Aquila) was necessary during the night in favor of 23 motorists, who were stranded in the Forca d’Acero pass, on the border between Abruzzo and Lazio, due to heavy snowfalls. Reports and requests for help had been recorded by the military since late yesterday evening. Around dinner time the switchboard of the Prefecture of L’Aquila was also alerted and the requests were concentrated precisely in the area of ​​the Forca d’Acero pass. A team of rescuers, made up of lieutenant Domenico Palmieri, commander of the Pescasseroli station (L’Aquila), the police officer Franco Lemma (carabinieri station “Parco”), together with Pietro Nardelli, employee of the Pescasseroli station, left at a time of the crossing aboard an Isuzu pick up. Starting from the Opi crossroads, at the crossroads between the SS83 Marsicana and the Sr 509, the ascent of the mountain pass began with the aim of reaching the most treacherous stretch as soon as possible in search of the cars stuck in the snow. Arriving at Forca d’Acero, the carabinieri identified eight vehicles stationary on the road and unable to move due to snowdrifts up to 1.5 meters high. Having ascertained the good state of health of the occupants of the vehicles – 23 people in all, including two infants and three minors – the rescue group with the help of the snow plow managed to open a gap large enough to guarantee the maneuverability of the vehicles, the which were then escorted to the Opi crossroads in safety conditions. The operations, concluded only late at night, were coordinated remotely in close collaboration by the on-call manager of the Prefecture, the deputy prefect added Giuseppe Girolami and by the Operations Center of the Castel di Sangro Company directed by Commander Fabio Castagna.

Piedmont in frost without snow – In Piedmont the wave of frost continues but without precipitation. Last night on Monte Rosa the minimum dropped again below 30 degrees below zero, to -31.6. In the Gran Paradiso national park -22.5 on the Gran Vaudala peak, between Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta, on the ‘Olympic mountains’ -19.2 in Sauze di Cesana (Turin), -15.6 in Sestriere. The Cuneo area is also above 20 below zero, – 20.5 in Pontechianale, and Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, -20.2 at the Moro di Macugnaga pass. The coldest city in Piedmont today was Asti, where the thermometer dropped to -7 degrees; in the center of Turin the weather station of Arpa (Regional Agency for environmental protection) recorded – 3.3 at the Royal Gardens. Dry currents will continue to prevail in Piedmont until Sunday afternoon. At the beginning of next week, on the other hand, a rotation of the winds from the east could bring rain and snowfall even at low altitudes.

Source: Ansa

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