Heavy October snow has buried parts of Slovakia, while nonstop rain has led to evacuations in others: “the weather in Slovakia could not be worse,” reports www.cas.sk.
It may only be mid-October, but the winter tires are already required across the higher elevations of the landlocked central European country.
Mountain passes, such as Kľak and Čertovica, are currently covered in snow:
Disruptive snow was also reported on the mountain passes of Fačkovské sedlo near Kľačna, and Homôlka near ValaskáI Belá, according to www.cas.sk.
“Roads are impassable, the police call on drivers to be extra careful,” said Trenčín regional police spokesman Pavol Kudlička.
Additional accumulations are in the forecast, particularly for the districts of Banská Bystrica, Brezno, Detva, Zvolen, Poltár, Revúca and Rimavská Sobota. The Slovak Hydro-meteorological Institute (SHMÚ) has issued multiple “first-degree” warnings for further snowfall.
At lower-lying regions, where the precipitation fell as rain, flooding has been an issue. As reported by www.topky.sk, the situation is “critical” and firefighters have had to evacuate dozens of people from their flooded homes.
According to www.teraz.sk, at least 13 districts are on the highest flood warning alert, with both the rain and snow forecast to persist into next week.
In addition, the chill Slovakia has been suffering of late won’t shift anytime soon. In fact, the anomalous cold is only forecast to intensify as a meridional jet stream flow drives Arctic air over the majority of the European continent:
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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[Thank you to Miro/Slovakia for the links]