Although extreme weather conditions are said to be subsiding, a number of roads in the Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol districts remained closed to traffic yesterday, due to the heavy snowfall over the past couple of days.
This hasn’t stopped many sightseers seeking to view the snowy planes first hand over the weekend, with police reporting an increase in car flows, causing traffic jams and commotion, especially on the Platres to Troodos roads. The main crush was from the Limassol district.
Police continue to warn that roads open to traffic are open solely to four wheel drive vehicles or cars equipped with snow chains and called on drivers to be patient and comply to traffic signs and instructions of police officers on duty.
Up until yesterday afternoon, the roads from Palaichori to Agros, Polistipos to Chandria, Farmaka to Odou and Palaichori to Sikopetra remained closed.
Amongst the roads accessible to four wheel drive vehicles or vehicles equipped with snow chains are Palaichori – Askas – Fterikoudi, Lagoudera – Sarandi, Lagoudera – Xiliatos, Alonas – Polistipos, Platanistasas – Alonas.
Meanwhile closed to all vehicles, roads are Palechori - Agros Polystypos and Palechori - Sykopetra
Due to the low temperatures prevailing, in particular, during the earlier hours of the day, the police also noted that frost may form on the road surfaces, causing them to be extremely slippery and called on drivers to be extremely careful while circulation in these areas.
Since last week, police have repeatedly sent out announcements to encourage the public to check warnings on road conditions prior to travelling to mountainous regions. Police notices and announcements can be found on the Police website on www.police.gov.cy, the police Facebook page (Facebook.com/cypruspolice) and on the police Twitter account (twitter.com / Cyprus_Police). People can also contact the Citizen Help Line on 1460 or the emergency numbers 112 and 199.