There is real risk of freezing and avalanches in the mountains, Kamen Yakimov of the Mountain Rescue Service told the BNR public radio.

According to him, temperatures in the mountains would drop to -20°C on New Year’s eve.

He also warned the risk of avalanches is high. “The snow cover is unstable – it is too cold and it cannot set and there are high winds,” he said. “On another hand, there are drifts sitting on frozen patches, which cane slide and start an avalanche. The fresh snow covered holes and other obstacles, which bring risk of injuries.”

Yakimov urged the tourists to stick to the areas around the chalets and avoid venturing into the higher parts.