December 13, 2017
The Slovenian environmental agency (ARSO) warns of a second round of stormy weather which we should expect on Thursday. The news comes even as the consequences of the previous chain of storms have not yet been fully addressed.
Several thousands of people are still without electricity, damaged roofs remain uncovered and rivers are still flooding. Monday's storm most heavily affected the areas of Upper Carniola (Gorenjska) and Carinthia (Koroška). In some areas schools were cancelled, and floods, landslides and toppled trees prevented people from returning to their homes, forcing them to spend the night wherever they could.
Bohinj lake water level rose 2.6m in only 26 hours:
Gladina Bohinjskega jezera se je ob zadnjih poplavah v 26 urah zvišala za 2,6 metra. Posnetki z vodomerne postaje ARSO pri Sv. Duhu. pic.twitter.com/TdZCi1h0eT— ARSO vode (@ARSO_VODE) December 13, 2017
The weather cooled today, but the resulting snow is causing some traffic difficulties, with wheel chains now mandatory on the Austrian side of the Ljubelj (Loibl, AUT) mountain pass. Warming is expected for Thursday, but this is not good news as it means more wind and rain. Winds will reach 70 km/h on Thursday morning, and in some areas exceed this overnight and into Friday morning. Most of the rain will fall on Friday and stop on Saturday, the first in a series of several cold and dry days, during which we might even finally see some sun.