Heavy snowfall on Troodos forced the closure of roads and torrential rain in Limassol rendered thoroughfares across the district dangerous, police said on Thursday as the island braced for the coldest night so far this year.
Police said roads from Pedoulas to Prodromos, Troodos to Prodromos, Prodromos to Trooditissa, Karvounas to Agros and Handria to Lagoudera were open only to vehicles with snow chains or four-wheel drive.
Whereas the Kakopetria to Prodromou and Platania to Karvounas roads were open to all vehicles, police advised that driving conditions were hazardous due to ground frost.
In the district of Limassol, torrential rains possibly made roads slippery and reduced visibility, the force said.
It advised motorists to drive at low speeds and keep their distance from the cars in front. Special caution was needed at stretches of road where water has accumulated and there was a risk of hydroplaning and side slipping.
Earlier, the Met service said the island expected its coldest night yet on Thursday.
Around two centimetres of snow fell on Troodos overnight Wednesday.
Chief meteorologist Kleanthis Nicolaides said the absence of clouds was the reason for the cold snap because they acted like a blanket and kept temperatures at tolerable levels.
Temperatures inland dropped to around 5C, 8C on the coast, and 2C in the higher regions where frost was expected to remain in certain areas.
Friday is expected to be clear, as the weather system affecting the island moves east.
“The system is retreating east and temperatures will rise slightly just a bit lower than normal,” Nicolaides said.
On Friday, temperatures will rise to 16C and 17C respectively, two to three degrees below normal.
Cloudy skies are expected on the weekend with some showers or storms. More snow could fall on Saturday.
Sunday will see some clouds with local showers and the possibility of a storm and snow in the higher areas.