12 December 2013 09:32

Power cuts added to the woes of weather-hit villages Wednesday, with elecrtricity down in ten communities, including Lefkara, Odos, Zigi, Mari and Kalavasos.
Schools were closed in a number of areas including Lefkara, (pictured with snowfall).  Snow fell in parts of Paphos district. Weathermen said that Wednesday was the coldest day of the year so far.
By this morning some 10-20cm of snow had fallen in the mountains and strong winds battered the coasts resulting in mountain roads abeing closed.
Even schools in hilly as well as mountainous areas were closed due to road conditions making access to them difficult.
The mixture of light snowfall, rain and strong winds are expected to dominate the landscape as below average temperatures are said to last until Friday.
The Meteorological Service forecasts isolated showers all around Cyprus and in some cases storms while there might be snow fall in hilly areas.
Police, fire services and civil defence are mobilised to respond to any incidents that might occur due to the bad weather conditions which are expected to continue over the next two days.
Motorists have also been advised to be extremely careful as the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Last night increasing cloud cover led to isolated showers, storms and light snowfall in the Troodos mountains. Temperatures dropped to 4°C inland, 7°C in coastal areas and to a below freezing -2°C up in the mountains.
The meteorological service said low temperatures are considerably lower than usual for this time of year.
Today, temperatures are not expected to reach higher than 7°C inland, 10°C on the west and north coast, 9°C in the south and east coasts and dip to -4°C in the mountains.
North-easterly winds are expected to reach a force of 6 Beaufort on the south and east coast and near gale-force winds in the mountains.
Meteorological service official Kleanthis Nicolaides said that in Nicosia night time temperatures will fall below 5°C and in the mountains much below zero.
On Thursday it will be cloudy at intervals with local rain and strong winds while light snow fall is expected high up in the Troodos Mountains. Cold temperatures are also expected on Friday.
The weather is expected to improve from Saturday as it is anticipated to be mostly sunny with isolated showers or storms in the mountains and a slight increase in temperature.
In view of the storm expected in Larnaca today boats at Larnaca marina were inspected yesterday by marina director Christos Petrides and other officials for safety.
Today winds will reach gale-force 7 to 8Bf are expected to blow at a speed of 80km/hour on the eastern coast.
Petrides said that two large boats were transferred to Larnaca port yesterday for safety while other vessels were secured with ropes to withstand the storm.


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