Elpis snowstorm forces closure of vaccination centres in Athens and Evia

Elpis snowstorm January 24, 2022.

Due to the Elpis snowstorm that affects Attica, including Athens, and the island of Evia, vaccination centres of these two prefectures stopped operating at 15:00 on Monday and will be closed all day on Tuesday.

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Health, people will be able to reschedule and carry out their vaccination immediately, as appointments are available.

The Hellenic Parliament also suspended its operation on Monday.

Public-sector staff were sent home at noon on Monday, after the interior ministry issued a circular permitting them to leave early due to the bad weather and heavy snow.

READ MORE: The BEST photos of snow covered Athens.

The circular exempts those working in areas directly linked to the response to the bad weather.

Meanwhile, several regions in Greece are experiencing problems in electricity supply as a result of the 'Elpis' cold weather front and the snowfall sweeping across the country on Monday and forecast to continue Tuesday.

The Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) said its crews are working to restore power supply services in the following areas:

- East Attica, at Marathonos Avenue in Pallini, and in Anthoussa

- Evia island, in the villages of Mantoudi, Aliveri, Psachna and Oreous

- Central Greece, near Lake Iliki in the Thebes (Thiva) area, and southern Mt. Pilio

Problems are also reported in the northeastern Aegean islands of Chios, Ikaria and Limnos, in the Cyclades islands of Amorgos, Kythnos, Mikonos, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Serifos, Sifnos, and Syros.

On the island of Crete, problems are encountered in Chania (NW) villages, while two electricity crew members have been dispatched to the Lassithi Plain (NE), where snowfall is heavy, to remain overnight for any problems.

The regions of Macedonia-Thrace, the Peloponnese, the Ionian Islands and western Central Greece are not facing any serious issues so far.

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Snow is forecast to continue falling throughout eastern Greece on Tuesday, at times heavily, affecting eastern Central Greece, the eastern Peloponnese, Evia, the Cyclades islands, Crete, the Dodecanese islands.

Snow is also expected to briefly hit the Sporades islands, Magnesia and the islands of the Eastern Aegean.

Storms are forecast in the Southern Aegean.

READ MORE: Athens blanketed in beautiful white snow.

The phenomena will begin to abate and then stop from Tuesday afternoon, starting in the north.

Temperatures will drop to very low levels, ranging from -7C to 2C in northern Greece, -5C to 1C in central and southern Greece, -2C to 5C in Western Greece, 0C to 5C on the Cyclades islands and Crete and from 0C to 6C on the islands of the Eastern Aegean and Dodecanese islands.

Winds will blow from northerly directions, 5-6 Beaufort and reach up to 7 Beaufort in the Southern Aegean. Northeasterly winds in the Ionian Sea, up to 3-4 Beaufort.

Snow is forecast in Attica, which will start to abate from the afternoon. Icy conditions at night and in the early morning, with temperatures from -2C to 2C.

Mostly sunny in Thessaloniki, with icy conditions during the night and early morning and temperatures from -5C to 2C.

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