Heavy snow and rainstorms forecast for northern and central Italy

Italy’s Department of Civil Protection has issued bad weather warnings for northern and central Italy following forecasts of heavy snow in the north and strong winds and rain in the centre of the country.

Heavy snow and rainstorms forecast for northern and central Italy
Snowfall in Bologna. Photo: pio3/Depositphotos

Western Emilia Romagna and northern Tuscany are under orange alert for hydraulic and hydrological weather threats, while the areas of eastern Liguria, central ​​Emilia Romagna, northern Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, central and southern Tuscany, and northwestern Sardinia have been issued with a lesser yellow weather warning.

The north of Italy is expected to experience heavy snowfall in Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, northern Veneto, the Ligurian hinterland, Lombardy, Trento, and Bolzano, while rainstorms that may be accompanied by hail and strong winds are forecast for central-eastern Liguria, Tuscany, Lazio, central-southern Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, and Campania.

School closures have been announced for the Piedmont towns of Asti, Cuneo, and Alessandria and some of the surrounding municipalities, and in the Lombardian city of Como.


Students hoping for a snow day in Bologna were not so lucky, as the city council published a tongue-in-cheek Instagram post on Thursday evening informing them that classes would go on as normal.

“Which of us has never dreamed of school having to be closed because of the snow?” the message read.

“Nevertheless, it’s just bit of snow, as happens every winter in a northern city like Bologna. So, best to study a bit and go to bed. All the schools will be open tomorrow. Goodnight!”

Weather conditions across the peninsula are expected to start improving by Sunday.





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