Bad weather causing travel chaos in the Balkans

AP News
Posted: Feb 02, 2014 7:17 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands of people are without electricity in Slovenia and Croatia after icy rain and sleet caused major disruption in the supply, as hundreds of motorists were evacuated overnight from their vehicles in Serbia where massive snow drifts have caused widespread travel chaos.

Authorities in Slovenia say the worst hit is the country's west. Several roads have been blocked.

In neighboring Croatia, freezing rain has also closed roads and shut the railway traffic in the northwest.

In Serbia, meanwhile, authorities used diggers to clear roads and evacuate several hundred people from snow drifts formed by strong winds in the north.