Weather warnings after heavy snow

Fire fighters called out as trees fall.

The High Tatras on December 19, 2022.The High Tatras on December 19, 2022. (Source: TASR - Erika Ďurčová)

Highway authorities had a busy night in the Tatras after heavy snow falls.

Marcel Polomský, Director of the Road Administration and Maintenance of the Prešov Self-Governing Region for the Poprad area, said that while individual road sections were passable by morning, there was still a layer of compressed snow on mountain passes and at high-altitude areas where salting roads is not allowed.

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He said though that this would eventually be cleared too.

Avoid trees

Meanwhile, authorities in Stará Ľubovna are advising people to be careful when walking under trees, warning branches could break off following heavy snow overnight.

The operational officer of the Regional Directorate of the Fire and Rescue Corps in Prešov said firefighters had been called out 12 times to areas from Snina to Poprad to deal with fallen trees.

Weather warnings

The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) has issued warnings for heavy frosts and for icy conditions in the Banská Bystrica Region, Žilina Region and almost the entire Trenčín Region.

The warning also applies to the districts of Gelnica, Rožňava, Spišská Nová Ves, Levice, Zlaté Moravce, Kežmarok, Levoča, Poprad, Prešov, Sabinov and Stará Ľubovňa.

It also said windy conditions could be expected in the districts of Banská Bystrica, Brezno, Poprad, Liptovský Mikuláš, Námestovo, Ružomberok and Tvrdošín.

These warnings are valid until 9pm.

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Meteorologists have also forecast first-degree warnings for rain in eastern Slovakia, specifically the districts of Humenné, Medzilaborce, Snina, Michalovce and Sobrance. The alert is in place until 3pm.

SHMÚ also issued severe flood warnings for parts of eastern and southern Slovakia with a third-degree alert for the areas of Trebišov - Roňava and Greater Košice- - Hornád. A second-degree warning is in place for the district of Levice-východ and Lučenec.

For Levice-západ, Revúca, Rimavská Sobota, Rožňava, Košice-surroundings - Bodva, Košice, Bardejov, Svidník, Medzilaborce, Snina, Vranou nad Topľou, Humenné, Michalovce, Sobrance and Trebišov, a less severe first-degree flood warning is in place.

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