The Institute of Meteorology and Water Management warns of intense snowfall in a large area of southern and southeastern Poland, as well as in two voivodeships in the north. Black ice is forecast in parts of the country, and heavy rain may fall, which IMWM also warns against. First, second and even third, highest level alerts apply.
Forecasters from the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management issued first-, second- and third-degree meteorological warnings on a three-degree increasing scale.
IMWM alerts of the third degree – heavy snowfall
Third, highest level warnings, marked in red, apply in the following voivodeships:
- Lesser Polandin the counties of Sucha and Myślenice;
- Podkarpackiein the poviats: Strzyżów, Rzeszów, RzeszówŁańcut, Leżajsk, Przeworsk.
Rainfall is forecast, with periods of moderate intensity, causing an increase in snow cover from 40 to 55 centimeters, and up to 65 cm high in the Carpathians.
The alerts will be valid until 3 a.m. on Sunday.
IMWM alerts of the second degree – heavy snowfall
Second degree warnings due to heavy snowfall are in force in the following voivodeships:
- Lesser Polandexcluding the following poviats: Tatra, Nowy Sącz, Nowy SączGorlice and those covered by higher level alerts;
- Podkarpackie, outside southern counties and those covered by higher level alerts;
- Silesian, in southern counties;
- Opole provincein southern counties;
- Świętokrzyskiein the following counties: Kazimierz, Pińczów, Busko, Staszów, Sandomierz;
- Lublin Provincein the southern and south-eastern part of the voivodeship.
Moderate rainfall is expected in these places, causing an increase in snow cover by 30-40 cm in some places, and locally by up to 45 cm in areas above 600 meters above sea level.
In the Opole region, warnings will be in force until 3 on Sunday. In Silesia, alerts will expire at 4 on the same day. In other regions, warnings will remain in force until 6 on Sunday.
First degree IMWM alerts – heavy snowfall
First degree warnings against heavy snowfall apply in the following voivodeships:
- Lower Silesiain south-eastern counties;
- Opole provincein central counties;
- Silesianin central and northern counties;
- Lesser Poland, in the Tatra, Nowy Sącz and Nowy Sącz counties;
- Świętokrzyskie, except for Końskie County and southern counties;
- Masovian Voivodeship, in Lipsk and Zwoleń poviats;
- Lublin Province, except for Ryki and Łuków counties and the south-eastern part of the voivodeship;
- Pomeranianin the following counties: Słupsk, SłupskLębork, Puck, Wejherowo, GdyniaSopot, Gdańsk;
- West Pomeranian Voivodeshipin the following poviats: Koszalin, KoszalinSławno.
Precipitation is forecast there, causing the snow cover to increase by 15-25 cm in some places. In most regions, the warnings will expire at 4-6 on Sunday, only in the north of the country they will be in force until 18 on Sunday.
IMWM alerts of the second degree – freezing precipitation
Second degree warnings against freezing precipitation have been issued for the following voivodeships:
- Podkarpackieexcept for the north-western part of the voivodeship;
- Lublin Provincefor the following counties: Biłgoraj, Tomaszów.
Forecasters predict freezing rain, with periods of moderate intensity, causing black ice. The warnings will end at 3 on Sunday.
IMWM alerts of the first degree – freezing precipitation
First degree warnings due to freezing precipitation are in force in the following voivodeships:
- Lublin Provincein the following counties: Zamość, Zamość, Hrubieszów;
- Lesser Polandin the following counties: Nowy Sącz, Nowy Sącz, Gorlice.
Freezing rain is forecast in places, causing black ice. The warnings in Małopolska will expire at 10 p.m. on Saturday, and in the Lublin region they will remain in force until 3 on Sunday.
First degree IMWM alerts – heavy rainfall
Heavy rainfall is also possible in parts of the country. The lowest level warnings apply in the province. Podkarpackiein the Bieszczady and Lesko counties.
During moderate rainfall, 25 to 35 liters per square meter is expected to fall. Alerts will be valid until 3 on Sunday.
What is the IMWM third degree meteorological warning?
The third degree meteorological warning predicts the occurrence of dangerous meteorological phenomena causing very large or catastrophic damage over a large area and threatening life. Dangerous phenomena will make it impossible to conduct business. Extreme caution is recommended, frequent monitoring of weather forecasts and developments is necessary.
What is the second degree IMWM meteorological warning?
The second level warning predicts the occurrence of dangerous meteorological phenomena causing significant material losses and a threat to health and life. Dangerous phenomena or the effects of their occurrence significantly limit business activity. Expect disruptions to your daily functioning. Great caution is recommended, it is necessary to monitor the weather forecasts and developments. Follow all recommendations issued by emergency services in the event of an emergency. Adjust your plans to weather conditions.
What is the IMWM first degree meteorological warning?
The first level warning provides for conditions conducive to the occurrence of dangerous meteorological phenomena that may cause material losses and pose a threat to health and life. Conducting business in conditions of exposure to these factors is difficult and dangerous. Expect difficulties resulting from carrying out activities in the hazardous area, including delays caused by traffic disruptions, disruptions to outdoor events or the possibility of their cancellation. Caution is recommended, the need to follow messages and developments in the weather situation.
Main photo source: PAP/Grzegorz Momot