Snow closes Chernivtsi schools, power outages leave thousands in the dark

6 April, 03:12 PM
On April 6, Chernivtsi was covered with snow (Photo:Molodyi Bukovynets)

On April 6, Chernivtsi was covered with snow (Photo:Molodyi Bukovynets)

Winter returned with a vengeance in western regions of Ukraine on April 5-6, with heavy snow closing schools, blocking roads, and leaving public services struggling to cope.

Chernivtsi was covered in snow on the morning of April 6, and due to the worsening weather conditions, communal services cannot keep up with clearing the streets, resulting in cars in yards also being buried in snow, local publication Molodyi Bukovynets wrote.

There were crowds of people waiting for buses and trolleybuses at the city’s transport stops, and it was impossible to call a taxi.

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The city council of Chernivtsi announced that all schools in the city would switch to distance learning for the next two days, while in-person classes were organized for children who still attended school.

Around 5,000 consumers in the Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk regions were left without power due to the snowfall, as reported on Telegram by Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko.

Emergency power outages are in effect in several regions.

On April 5, the weather worsened in a number of central and western regions of Ukraine – it snowed and wet snow fell, with strong winds also being recorded.

In particular, snowfall began in the Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Zakarpattia, and Lviv oblasts.

On the morning of April 6, Ukrzaliznytsia reported delays to eight passenger trains.

Meteorologists have warned of an approaching cyclone in the coming days, with the possibility of snowstorms in the western regions and heavy rain forecast in the other regions of the country.

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