Sunday, February 14, 2016

Winter Finally Arrives as Morocco Experiences Heavy Snow and Rain

Morocco’s National Directorate of Meteorology has released a warning saying significant snowfalls are expected today (Monday) and tomorrow, across large areas of the kingdom

According to the Met Office bulletin the snow will be the result of a cold wave and is expected to continue through to Wednesday. At the same time both the Mediterranean coast and the Atlantic coast will experience storm conditions with waves’ reaching 5-6 meters in height due to winds of between 80 and 100 kilometres per hour.

Marine traffic between the ports of Tarifa, southern Spain, and that of Tangier, wassuspended from Sunday morning until further notice due to strong winds up to 75 km / h on the Strait of Gibraltar.

Sources of the Port Authority of Algeciras Bay (APBA) indicated that the port of Tarifa was closed around 11:00 am (local time) due to weather conditions.

The same sources said that shipping companies have announced cancellations between the ports of Algeciras and Tangier Med.

Maritime traffic between the ports of Tarifa and Algeciras will be restored as soon as conditions permit

Snow and Cold

Snowfalls will effect the regions of Ifrane, Sefrou, Boulemane, Midelt, Khenifra, El Hajeb, Beni Mellal, Azilal, Al Hoceima, Chaoune, the Eastern Taourirte High Plateaux, Figuig and Jerada.

From Monday too Wednesday Boulemane, Ifrane, Azrou and Midelt can expect minimum temperatures between -9 and -1 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperatures will range between 5 and 10 degrees.

The cold wave will be experienced over a large part of the country including Fez, Meknes, Beni Mellal,  Khénifra, Azilal, Sefrou, Jerada, El Hajeb, Taza, Oujda, Khouribga, Khemisset, Al Houaz, Gurecif, Berkane, Taourirt, Al Hoceima, Taounate, Chefchaouen, Figuig, Errachidia and Ouarzazate, where minimum temperatures will range between -01 and 04 degrees Celsius. Maximum temperatures will range between 5 and 10 degrees.

Heavy rain showers are expected in the regions of Chefchaouen and Ouezzane and in the High Atlas.

While Morocco has been experiencing one of the driest years on record and rain will be welcome, there is a chance of flooding and drivers should take care on snow-covered roads.

The coming week in Fez will be particularly cold with temperatures as low as 1 degree Celsius and a high probability of heavy rain showers and storms.

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