Updated: 12/31/2018 2:16:44 AM
Cold weather has killed 37 people in Ukraine so far this month as temperatures reached minus 23 Celsius in parts of the Country. Night temperatures are expected to drop to -28 C in northern, central and eastern Ukraine this week. The cold snap followed heavy snowfall which left some areas covered with as much as 53 cm of snow. Cars were blocked for 18 kilometers overnight on Saturday on the main road between the capital Kiev and Lviv, officials said.
Updated: 12/28/2018 2:58:13 AM
On Wednesday, December 26, some 104 settlements in five regions of Ukraine saw a blackout after power line safety system was triggered due to complicated weather conditions, including rain, wet snow in certain areas, and wind gusts. In particular, electricity supplies have been disrupted to 65 settlements in Dnipropetrovsk region, 18 in Poltava region, another 10 in Kirovohrad region, eight in Donetsk region, and three in Chernivtsi region, the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine reported on December 27. Regional energy distribution companies deployed their repair teams to tackle blackouts.
Published Thursday, December 27, 2018
A snowstorm alert has been announced across Ukraine with heavy snow and wind gusts of up to 15-20 m/s expected in some areas on December 26-27.
The Ukrainian Hydro meteorological Center reported snow and wind gusts at speeds reaching 15-20 m/s.
The temperature on Wednesday overnight will be -4°C to -10°C. During the day, in the southern and western regions, spreading over the most of the country's territory, the temperature will rise to -3°C... + 3°C, according to the State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine.
Rescuers note that such weather conditions may cause partial traffic disruptions both in settlements and on highways, as well as complicate operations of public utilities.
In Poltava region, more than a thousand motorists are now stranded on a 20-km section of a highway amid a heavy snowstorm.
On 11:00 today, the Poltava regional administration announced all state roads in the region have been closed for transit traffic due to complicated weather conditions.
Ukraine Snow Storm Facts
Affected Area: 200 km.
Alert Level: Green