The unusually cold weather front “Elpis” apparently led to the decision of the Greek authorities not to open schools in Attica on January 24 and 25 for security reasons.
The Governor of Attica, G. Patoulis, spoke about the actions being taken in the region in connection with the approach of severe bad weather. It is almost certain that schools will remain closed in Attica on Tuesday, he said, as enough snow is expected in the basin. However, the same confidence in the future does not exist, and the decision for Monday is expected to be taken in the afternoon of Sunday, 23/01.
“We have to assess the situation regarding the safety of children, both in terms of their movement to educational institutions by road, and in terms of unprecedented cold weather,” the official said.
Bad weather Elpis: forecast for today, Sunday 23 January
Today, in the lowlands and coastal parts of the Peloponnese, precipitation is expected – snow or rain.
The Elpis weather front will bring snowfall, according to the meteorological service of the National Observatory of Athens, even on the plains and coastal parts of the islands of the Aegean, Evia, Sporades and eastern Magnesia.
Rain or sleet is expected in the lowlands and coastal parts of Crete, the Dodecanese islands, etc.
During the night and early morning hours, most of the country will be very cold. The temperature – at a very low level and with a further decrease in the central and southern parts – will fluctuate in Western Macedonia from -14 ° C to 0 ° C, in the rest of Northern Greece from -12 ° C to 5 ° C, in Epirus from – 12°С to 6°С degrees, in Thessaly from -13°С to 5°С, in the rest of the mainland from -11°С to 7°С, in the Ionian Islands from -1°С to 6°С, on islands of the North Aegean Sea from -2°С to 3°С degrees, in Crete from -2°С to 7.
Wind north/northwest direction up to 7 on the Beaufort scale.
Cloudy in Attica, locally – snowfall, mainly in the north and east of the prefecture. Lightening is expected in the afternoon. Northwest winds up to 5 on the Beaufort scale. The air temperature will fluctuate from -3°С to 5°С.
Thessaloniki expects clear weather with partly cloudy skies. Wind northwest, force up to 4 on the Beaufort scale.
The air temperature will fluctuate from -3°С to 3°С.
Snow in the center of Athens since Monday
More snow is expected in Athens during the second wave of bad weather, which is expected to be more severe and is estimated to hit Greece from Monday morning, January 24, and is expected to last until Tuesday, January 25 noon.