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Heavy snow, rain to batter Italy and Balkan Peninsula this week

Staff Writer |
A slow-moving storm will threaten to cause travel disruptions from Italy into the Balkan Peninsula through late this week.

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Locations from the Dinaric Alps into northeast Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary will experience several days of accumulating snowfall.

The repeated rounds of snowfall will result in totals in excess of 30 cm (12 inches) across parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, central and eastern Croatia, Slovenia, eastern Austria and western Hungary.

Areas at risk for at least 15 cm (6 inches) of snow through Friday include Ljubljana, Slovenia, Zagreb, Croatia, and Graz, Austria.

The snow will result in travel disruptions ranging from rail delays and canceled flights to potentially closed roadways.

"Another concern will be for power outages as the snow will be heavy and wet," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys.

The heaviest snow on Wednesday will fall in and near the Dinaric Alps from northern Bosnia and Herzegovina into southern Slovenia.

The heaviest snowfall will continue in these areas on Thursday but expand into the lower terrain of the region, causing widespread travel disruption.

Heavy snow will also target Sarajevo, totaling 15-30 mm (6-12 inches) through Thursday night before milder air arrives and changes the snow to rain on Friday.

Another shot of cold air and snow will arrive over the weekend and into early next week which will bring additional snowfall.

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