Heavy snowfalls throughout southern Bulgaria on December 22 2011 prompted a "Code Yellow" weather warning of potentially hazardous conditions, with two regions – Kurdjali and Smolyan – given the more serious "Code Orange" warning.
The snowfalls were expected to spread into northern Bulgaria while rain was forecast for the Black Sea coast.
Mountain roads were said to be passable, according to a report by Bulgarian National Television, but road surfaces in most parts of the country were wet and, in places, iced over.
Capital city Sofia saw steady snow on the morning of December 22 but road surfaces were being cleared and public transport reportedly was running according to schedule.
Snowfall in Sofia and Plovdiv measured five centimeters, according to bTV.
The early morning saw snowfalls in Pazardzhik, Gabrovo, Blagoevgrad, Kyustendil, Turgovishte, Stara Zagora, Smolyan, Veliko Turnovo, Razgrad and in the regions of Troyan, Apriltsi and Kotel.
Countrywide, average maximum temperatures across Bulgaria were expected to range from minus three degrees Celsius to two degrees, four to six degrees C along the Black Sea coast, and while forecasts for the maximum high in Sofia ranged from minus two to zero degrees.