By Eric Leister – AccuWeather
Following a mild December, the first shot of frigid air will set the stage for a winter storm across the parts of the Balkan Peninsula from this weekend into Monday. Snow and ice could cause major travel delays.
Prior to the arrival of the storm, the coldest air since last winter has settled across much of the Balkan Peninsula. This cold air will result in most of the precipitation falling as snow or a wintry mix away from the Adriatic and Mediterranean seas.
Along the Adriatic coast moderate to heavy rain is expected Saturday night and Sunday elevating the risk for localized flash flooding from Slovenia to western Greece. Rainfall will generally average 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) with some areas seeing more than 75 mm (3 inches) of rain by Monday.