Since Wednesday afternoon, continuous snowfall has enveloped the Transdanubian region and the central and northern parts of Hungary Forecasts indicate that by midnight on Thursday, a significant area in the central third of the country will have been covered by a 5 to 15 cm thick wet and adhesive layer of snow. Daytime temperatures are expected to range from minus 1 to plus 5 degrees Celsius.
The non-stop precipitation of various intensity since Wednesday night in the capital city has prompted the Budapest Municipal Waste Management and Street Cleansing Company (FKF) team to work tirelessly in shifts for over 24 hours on the de-icing of the city‘s roads.
Throughout the night, 61 winter-specific vehicles cleared snow from the road network and conducted preventive spreading to hinder the freezing of roads. Simultaneously, seven smaller vehicles were dedicated to ensuring the de-icing of bike lanes and pavements. Budapest‘s roads are currently being cleared by 66 spreading and snowplough vehicles in strict priority order: first, bridges, overpasses, main roads and the main entry sections of the city, followed by mountainous sections of bus routes and other communal transport paths. Subsequently, roads leading to hospitals, clinics, and logistical bases ensuring public services take precedence. Only after addressing main roads can work commence on secondary routes. It is the responsibility of property owners and operators, and in the case of condominiums, the residential community, to ensure the de-icing of sidewalks in front of buildings, FKF has reminded the capital city’s residents.
FKF has called the attention of Budapesters to the importance of using well-maintained automobiles, preferably equipped with winter tires, when navigating Budapest‘s roads. They urge drivers to exercise caution and refrain from overtaking vehicles involved in de-icing and snow removal operations.
At Kékestető, the peak of the highest mountain in Hungary, the snow thickness has reached 24 centimetres, as reported by the National Meteorological Service on Thursday morning.
The cyclone responsible for the precipitation indicates a continuation of variable intensity snowfall, interspersed with instances of sleet and rain. According to an infographic accompanying the post, Kisbér in Komárom-Esztergom County has reported by 16 centimetres, while the Sáregres-Cece station in Fejér County 15 centimetres of snow.