DISCUSSION: The same weather system responsible for bringing hail and flooding rainfall to Italy and Greece led to snowfall across the higher elevations of Romania earlier today. Videos posted to Facebook conveyed the wet nature of the snow as it continued to fall midday on Sunday. Suceava, which is one of the largest cities in Romania, received its first snowfall on Sunday providing residents and tourists with a taste of winter. Suceava, the largest city and the seat of Suceava county, is located in the Northeast corner of Romania. Snow begins to fall in this part of the country during the month of October and continues into the month of April. Since there is a lack of reliable data in Suceava county, snowfall measurements are unreliable and thus averages for the year are unavailable, according to climate data gathered at WeatherSpark.
The majority of the snow that fell across the city on Sunday melted as it reached the ground since temperatures as of late have mainly been at or above freezing. In the video posted below you can see that the snow is only sticking to grassy surfaces. This is typically what occurs when the snow is heavy and wet in nature. Ski resorts across the country were only reporting about 1-3cm (0.4-1.2 inches) of snowfall from this most recent weather event. Vatra Dornei, a city with an elevation of about 1,000m which is located to the Southwest of Suceava, reported 5cm (2 inches) of snow as the biggest winner this time around. More snowfall is in the forecast for this week, especially across the higher elevations, however temperatures appear to moderate as we head towards the end of the week.
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