BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Snowstorms have swept southern and eastern Romania, closing roads and causing power outages.

Authorities closed three main highways Sunday because of blizzards and to prevent drivers getting stranded en route to the capital. Dozens of roads were also closed in the south and east because of drifting. Train lines also experienced long delays.

About 5,000 troops helped to clear snow, which began falling heavily late Friday. About 50 centimeters (20 inches) fell in some parts of Romania over 24 hours.

Electricity company Enel said snow and high winds had caused power outages in 27 communities near the capital. The normally traffic-snarled capital was empty over the weekend as the snow deterred drivers from venturing out.

Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday in several parts of Romania.