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    Posted February 3, 2012 by
    Bucharest, Romania
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Europe's deadly cold blast

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    Second snow storm hits Romania


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Cosmin Stan of Bucharest, Romania, took these pictures while he was stuck in traffic during a second snowstorm that has hit Romania. Stan says about 25 national roads and two highways are closed in the country. 'I was lucky to get home from work on time before the blizzard got worse,' he says. Staying warm and safe for the weekend, Stan says they are expecting 13 centimeters more snow than they had last week.
    - ssesha, CNN iReport producer

    Traffic in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, is a nightmare Friday afternoon after heavy snows hit the country for the second time in a week. The Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world, can barely be seen because of the strong blizzard that sweeps the city. Romania is on alert after a yellow code for snowfalls and blizzards issued by the meteorologists as of 10 am on Friday available until Sunday evening. 25 national roads and 2 highways are being closed already because of the strong winds and massive snowfalls. 3 people died in the last 24 hours raising the death toll to 25, in the last week. Winds are really strong blowing in some parts with up to 90 km/hour.

    The authorities said that 14,000 employees of the Interior Ministry are ready for action if needed the priority being people stuck in the snow. Also, 9 rescue helicopters are ready to fly in the emergency medical cases from the isolated places if weather permits. The Defense Minister has announced that more than 4000 military are ready to intervene if necessary.

    The good news though is that the temperatures are just a little bit higher today with lows at - 20 degrees in the country, not -32.5 degrees as we had a few days ago. The bad news is that meteorologists expect what they call a freezing rain to hit the southern part of Romania, tomorrow. That means that the warmer wet air comes from the Mediterranean and brings in heavy rains that will freeze instantly hitting the cold air on the ground. That is expected to create a lot of troubles.
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