Today it's snowed all day, last night the temperatures rose to -0.5 degrees and it felt quite warm outside, things had thawed during the day thanks to the sunshine and we were hoping the snow was going to make a quick (and early) exit. Alas, that wasn't to be and the temperatures here are falling again.
Driving conditions aren't great in villages, although the snow plough does usually come out to clear the most used roads. Winter tyres are wonderful and really do help - I can't understand why they aren't used in the UK to be honest. Snow chains are another essential to have in your car boot during the colder months and they've helped us out of some tight spots. Most of all common sense is the biggest must have when driving in heavy snow, taking things steady and concentrating on what you are doing can save your life.
The Bulgarians in general seem to drive like lunatics although from my experiences they aren't the worst drivers I've encountered. Romania gets my vote on that one, driving through there was terrifying and not something I'd like to do again. One thing I will say though is that when the bad weather is here the Bulgarians at least know how to cope, they drive slower, all have winter tyres, wrap up warm and are usually well prepared....of course if they aren't they have a stash of home brewed rakia that's guaranteed to warm even the coldest parts!