‘Cold Gardeners’ smother southern Poland with snow

Although it is the middle of May, snow and winter weather conditions have been recorded in some places in southern Poland.

In the town of Zakopane, southern Poland, one of the most popular tourist destinations, the snow cover on Tuesday morning was several centimetres high and growing.

Higher in the Tatra mountains, where the snowing is much stronger, the first level of avalanche threat was introduced.

Although the temperature around zero degrees Celsius in the mountains is not unusual at this time of year, such heavy snowfall is not a frequent phenomenon.

In other towns and cities in southern and south-eastern Poland, such as Nowy Sącz, Stary Sącz, Czarny Dunajec, Krynica-Zdrój and others, winter conditions have also been spotted. In the higher parts of the Beskid Mountains, around 20 cm (8”) of snow cover were recorded. It is likely that the avalanche threat level will be also introduced there

The General Directorate for National Roads and Highways (GDDKiA) posted on social media photographs of the snowed “Zakopianka” road, connecting the city of Kraków and Zakopane.

According to the weather forecasts, the snowfall in the Tatra mountains will stop on Tuesday afternoon, while the temperature hovering around zero degrees will end on Wednesday.

In Poland, days of May 12-15 are traditionally called “Cold Gardeners and Cold Sophie. This refers to the Name’s days of patrons of these days: St. Pancras (May 12), St. Servetus (May 13), St. Boniface (May 14) and St. Sophia (May 15).

These days, in some Western countries also called “Ice Saints,” often bring a temperature drop and worse weather conditions.