Snow Cyclone pummels Bulgaria,  more than 500,000 left without power

At dawn, Bulgaria woke up stranded in a snow cyclone that had closed the country's passes, cut off all major highways, and been responsible for at least one death.

Several thousand reports have come in of broken branches or downed trees as a result of the heavy snowfall.

Numerous reports of trees falling and smashing cars were recorded in Sofia, the capital city.

Late in the day, power was finally restored to over half a million people across Bulgaria who had been without it since early that morning.

Academician Nikolay Denkov, the country's prime minister, called for an emergency session of the Council of Ministers to discuss the widespread crisis. Authorities are currently debating whether or not Monday would be a non-school day or whether or not classes will be held online due to the closed highways and the exceedingly challenging circumstances in the country.
The fallen trees were cleared by a combination of state services, military personnel from different divisions, and workers from the State Forestry Enterprises.

Most of the country, including major cities like Razgrad, Tryavna, Veliko Tarnovo, Silistra, etc., is in a dreadful state.