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Weather to Dampen Search After Deadly Ukraine Mine Blast

The weather threatens to dampen search efforts in the wake of a deadly coal mine blast in eastern Ukraine.

There are conflicting reports to the death toll and the number of people currently trapped in the Zasyadko mine, located in the city of Donetsk, following a suspected gas explosion.

Volodymyr Groysman, speaker of Ukraine's parliament confirmed to the Associated Press only one death, toning down his original claim that 32 miners had perished.

"For now, I can say only that 32 people are below ground. One person has died," the Associated Press quoted Ivan Prikhodko, administrative head of the Kiev district in Donetsk.

The blast occurred during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, local time, as 230 workers were in the mine. At least 157 workers have since been evacuated.

A bit of rain and wet snow will dampen search and rescue crews working outside of the mine into Wednesday night as a weak storm system moves through the region. This is not the more potent storm unleashing heavy rain and mountain snow across central Europe.

Temperatures Wednesday night will drop down to near the freezing mark before rebounding to 5 to 6 C (lower 40s F) on Thursday as some sunshine returns.