By Evie Andreou
A DIVE in temperature is expected on Thursday, with snow falling at lower altitudes, the met office’s Panayiotis Mouskos said on Monday.
From Monday until Wednesday temperatures are expected to remain at 15C to 16C inland, 17C on coastal areas and around 4C in the mountains with isolated rainfall.
But on Thursday temperatures are expected to fall by four to five degrees Mouskos said, and snow is expected at lower altitudes than usual.
Police announced on Monday that the Nata-Choletria and Kelokedara-Nata roads in Paphos were closed to traffic due to the overflow of the Xeros River.
As of late Monday afternoon, the following roads are open only to cars with snow-chains or four-wheel drive:
Limassol: All roads leading to Troodos (Karvounas-Troodos, Platres-Troodos, Prodromos-Troodos)
Nicosia: Lazania-Macheras, Macheras-Kionia. On the Lazania-Macheras road, rock and mud slides have been recorded, police said.
Police have urged drivers to be especially careful since in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas the majority of the roads are slippery due to frost.
In the meantime, the Water Development Department (WDD) said that the water levels in reservoirs should exceed the equivalent levels of last year within days. According to the WDD’s officer Phedros Roussis, 8.4m cubic metres (cbm) of water has flowed into the dams in the last three days and has helped them to reach around 50 per cent of their total capacity. In the same period last year, dam capacity was at 51.5 per cent. With the continuing rain and snowfall, reservoirs are to exceed soon those of last year’s.
Paphos dams have benefited the most from the recent rains, Roussis said.
The Asprokremmos dam in Paphos, which is one of the biggest dams on the island, is now at 75.8 per cent capacity, while Kourris, the island’s largest dam is only 31.6 per cent full.
For the next few months, however, up until April and May, there will be a steady water flow in the Kourris dam as well due to melting snowfall, Roussis said.