|Monday, 18 December 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-02-23
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Snowing on Mt Parnitha & PenteliSociety
It has been snowing on Mt Parnitha and Penteli since morning, as forecast by the National Meteorological Service. Vehicles heading on Mt Parnitha should carry anti-skid chains from the cable car and onwards, while the roads from 414 Penteli Hospital and Dionysos Avenue to Anatoli are closed. Meanwhile, the police stopped the traffic for over one and a half hour at dawn on the national network to allow snow plough machinery to clear off the snow that had covered the Athens-Thessaloniki national road. Heavy snowfalls have been recorded in Thessaly, central and eastern mainland, Evia, eastern and southern Peloponese and storms in the southern sea areas. Temperatures are still low. The National Meteorological Service forecasts for today cloud, sleet and snow on the highlands. The weather will improve as of the evening. The temperature in Athens ranges form 0-7 C and in Thessaloniki from -2-5 C.
The Athens-Thessaloniki National Road Remains Closed for one and a half hours
A little after 03:00, Stylida and Sourpis encountered problems due to the adverse weather conditions. As a result there were traffic problems from 235 kilometre from Raches, Fthiotida to the 265 kilometre at Sourpis, Almyros. The Traffic Police banned the circulation of cars in order not to be trapped and allowed them to drive off only when the snow was cleared off. There were problems at Pelasgia tolls from the 235-245 kilometre at dawn.
However, panic prevailed along the national road the whole night. It was snowing from the 117-135 kilometre at Martino from early evening and efforts were made to keep the road open.
Regarding the regional network form Lamia to Karpenisi and from Lamia to Amfissa, long vehicles should carry anti-skid chains. From Lamia to Domokos the traffic is normal, as the snow has been removed.
The whole network of the prefecture and especially western Fthiotida are encountering serious problems.
Frost in Central and Western Macedonia
Besides frost has prevailed since the morning in several parts of the road network in central and western Macedonia, while the Traffic Police advises attention to drivers. In Thessaloniki, the traffic is normal, while the country road from Hortiatis to Agios Vassilis remains open.
In Kilkis and Halkidiki the traffic is normal, while frost has prevailed in the northern highlands.
Traffic around Edessa and to the ski centre on Mt Voras is normal. The road to Veria and Naousa and the Seli ski centre are open.
Traffic is normal in the prefecture of Pieria, as well as on the Serres road network. Vehicles should carry anti-skid chains from Florina to Kastoria through Vigla and Vitsi, as well as to Numphaio.
The traffic is normal for vehicles using the Kozani and Grevena road network, while anti skid chains are a must for those heading to the Vassilitsa ski centre.
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 New Bushfires in AustraliaNews
Dozens of Australians fled their homes in southern Australia's Victoria state on Monday when new bushfires threatened communities, authorities said. The firestorm that swept the state of Victoria claimed 209 lives. Rekindling is feared due to the strong winds and the high temperatures. More than 3,500 firefighters are battling to put out bushfires still ravaging to the southeastern of the country.
More than 100 people from Warburton, east of the Victorian capital Melbourne, set up camp at a nearby sports ground to wait for the fire danger to pass
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