Photos: Rare April snow downs trees, creates travel chaos in central Europe –

Areas from Slovakia to Romania and Moldova were the latest in Europe to receive rare and disruptive April snow this week.

Unusually cold air plunging southward and connecting with a storm tracking eastward across central Europe allowed the snow to unfold late this week.

“The storm initially led to accumulating snow for Germany, southern Poland and into the mountains of the Czech Republic earlier this week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said. “Even Vienna, Austria, received snow.”

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Snow whitened Bacau, Romania, on 20 April 2017. (Photo/Instagram feneruioana)

Two dozen people were injured in a 40-car pileup amid snow in northeastern Slovakia on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

The incident occurred at 6 a.m. CEST (midnight EDT) near the city of Poprad, where 7.5 cm (3 inches) of snow covered the ground on Thursday morning.

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Snow whitened the rooftop of this building in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 19 April 2017. (Photo/Instagram user albion_languages)

The heaviest snow has now spread to places inland from the northwestern coast of the Black Sea.

Snow fell heavily in Moldova’s capital of Chisinau on Thursday morning with 10 cm (4 inches) being measured east of the city.

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Snow started to coat grassy and elevated surfaces of Bacau, Romania, during the morning of 20 April 2017. (Photo/Twitter user @dianaelenaroman)

The weight of the snow has downed trees and power lines across Moldova.

Moldova News reports that more than 200 localities lost power with dozens of tree downed. One fallen tree injured four people with a woman suffering an broken leg.

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Chisinau, Moldova, was turned into a wintry wonderland on 20 April 2017. (Photo/Instagram user aurediobre)

Four dozen road accidents have occurred alone in Chisinau.

“It is very unusual to be seeing snow this late in April,” Roys said.


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Highs of 13-15 C (upper 50s F) are more common this time of year from Poprad to Chisinau. The normal low in Chisinau is 6-7 C (near 44 F).

Temperatures on Thursday in Chisinau will struggle to climb much above freezing as snow piles up.

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Snow covered a home and tree in Chisinau, Moldova, on 20 April 2017. (Photo/Twitter user @oQXsTemxkUo6Rnh)

Roys expects widespread totals of 20-40 cm (8-16 inches) from northeastern Romania into central Ukraine before the snow tapers off on Friday.

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This snowy scene in Chisinau, Moldova, on 20 April 2017. (Photo/Instagram user angelicanabaaribi)

The heaviest amounts are likely to to bury northeastern Romania, including Bacau.

“The heavy snow brings the risk for more tree damage, power outages and treacherous travel,” Roys said.

“Damage to spring crops could lead to possible shortages and rationing come this summer,” he said.

“The situation at the moment is catastrophic for the agriculture,” Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry of Moldova, Iurie Usurelu, told Moldova News. “Many cultures, including cherries, apricots, persimmon, etc. will be affected.”

Temperatures will rebound this weekend, allowing snow to quickly start to melt. However, the air will still be chilly for this time of year.

Wet and slushy areas could refreeze at night where temperatures dip below freezing.

Even milder air will further erase any snow next week.

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