12 December 2013 14:05

 NICOSIA- Freezing temperatures continue on Thursday with 37 mountain communities cut off by heavy snow from the outside world since Wednesday night and schools closed for the second day in high mountain villages.
Isolated periods of snow fall will occur in high mountain areas throughout the day and sleet in semi-mountain regions while weather conditions will worsen tonight, the Meteorological Service told The Cyprus Daily.
A total of 13 mountain villages were without electricity on Wednesday night and Cyprus Electricity Authority (EAC) spokesman Costas Gavrielides said the authority’s technical staff face problems in fixing faults as many villages remain inaccessible with one group of technicians trapped in Profitis Elias village for some time yesterday.
“Efforts will continue today to restore electricity in mountain area villages as they become accessible and already some technical problems have been solved in many areas,” Gavrielides said.
Temperatures today are expected to remain at low levels with 6ºC expected inland, 9º C in coastal areas and a maximum minus two in high mountain areas.
On Thursday night temperatures will drop to 2 ºC inland, 3-4ºC in coastal areas and minus 6º in high mountain areas
Snow in Troodos Square is 50 centimetres and on the Troodos Mountain peak 70 centimetres.


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