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Mourtero area photo by P.

The schools on Skopelos remain closed for the second day due to the snowfall on the island. The roads in areas like Mourtero have not been cleaned yet. Vice mayor Klonaris has said maybe today they will go there. I imagine there are many more areas where roads have not been cleaned like Kampos in Skopelos, old Klima, Raches, Pevkia etc. The main road Skopelos-Glossa the municipality is trying to keep open and that is probably a priority but what about people living on side roads or further away in the countryside. There are still problems with electricity not working.

In Skopelos town, walking in the small streets is dangerous, snow has become ice and its extremely slippery. Be careful everybody the next couple of days and get in contact with the municipality (0030)24243-50101, fire brigade(0030) 24240-24199, police (0030) 24240-22235 and hospital (0030) 24240-22222 when nessecary.

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Road up to Raches area

Photo’s by Jill Somer. Copyright 2019


Photo’s by Athina Mavridou. Copyright 2019

Photo’s made by Julia Chliverou. Copyright 2019

Skopelos and snow


Copyright of this photo is by Jill Somer.

Skopelos was hit again by a snowstorm yesterday. The electricity was off for a couple of hours. Trucks with salt water and heavy machinery tried to keep roads open and safe to drive on but it was a difficult task.

The only difference with the snow this time is that the bad weather will not continue with so much force like two years ago. I cannot say this for sure because I am not on the island so information is through family and friends. Correct me if I am wrong please. These fantastic photo’s are not mine but taken by family and friends.

Skopelos village this morning. The photo is made by Julia Chliverou. Copyright 2019.

Photo made by Jill Somer. Copyright 2019


Photo made by Jill Somer. Copyright 2019

Two years ago on the nameday of Jannis and Joanna, Skopelos was hit by a snowstorm which lasted a lot of days. Today Skopelos was hit again. Skopelos is also without electricity for some time now.

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Photo from Peppy Pa

Tomorrow more photo’s.

There is word that electricity will be instaleed around 21.30 hours.

Cross

The brave people who will jump in the sea and lakes all over Greece will be cold today. Today is the day of the cross. The official name is Epiphany (also called Theofania or Fota)  People with these names celebrate their name days today: Fotis, Fanny, Fotinie.

Today many people celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist. Tomorrow is the nameday of John.

The most important ritual is the “blessing of the waters”, which is performed by the Greek Orthodox priest. There is also the ritual of the priest throwing a cross into the water. This ritual usually starts after the church service. Usually this is after 11 o’clock. On Skopelos all priest come down with a part of the congregation and walk to the small wooden dock that is placed on the harbor quay. The rest of the villagers are already waiting on the quay. After the water is blessed by the priests the cross is thrown in the water (it is attached with a cord) and swimmers jump in the water to catch it. It is believed that the person who captures the cross first and returns it to the priest will be blessed for the whole year.

From Astra Skopelos/Sporades tv
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Loutraki

Loutraki harbor, waiting for the ferryboat coming from Volos.

Snow

Skopelos woke up today with snow in many parts of the island. The top of Mount Palouki was covered but not the areas below it. Mount Delphi and the surrounding areas were covered. By eleven o’clock it was not a problem to drive around Skopelos in the lower areas. The ferryboat is supposed to leave from Volos at 12 to come to Glossa and leave from there again. There is talk that it will also stop at Agnondas to make it easier for passengers from Skopelos town to get to the boat. We will see

Update 12.19 hours
The ferryboat will leave from Volos at 15.00 hours instead of 12.00 hours. It will leave from Glossa at 18.15 hours to return to Volos.