Heavy snow prompts fire services, disaster management alert
Increasingly heavy snow forecast for the remainder of this week has prompted the fire services and disaster management authorities to put Hungary on nationwide alert.
Nearly two thousand fire service staff will be on alert and operative bodies will be set up in counties where the weather situation requires this, the national disaster management authority (OKF) said on Tuesday.
Slippery and icy roads, poor visibility and road blocks should be expected around the country, the statement said. Drivers are warned to check the condition of their vehicles and public transport users should expect delays, the OKF added.
On Tuesday, the national weather service issued a first degree warning — the lowest level — for Budapest and Pest, Baranya, Fejér, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Komárom-Esztergom, Somogy, Tolna, Vas, Veszprém and Zala counties.
By midnight on Tuesday, some 12-15cm of snow is forecast in several areas and by Saturday the snow cover could be 20-40cm thick.
OKF said that if necessary, more fire services will be made available by regrouping staff.
Today the Veszprém County disaster management authority reported several minor accidents due to heavy snow involving regular bus services.
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