Snow covered the Czech Republic and, in addition to the picturesque-looking snowy roofs, it brought with it huge problems for road users and drivers. According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ), pressure trough Ciro is advancing from the Alps to the east, which also affects the weather in our territory. It should continue to snow, meteorologists have announced the highest warning, which is valid for the whole of Saturday. They warn of snow tongues, glaciers and drifts, according to them, another few tens of centimeters of new snow should fall. Heavy and continuous snowfall. This is the weather scenario for the last 16 hours until Saturday evening, in the east of the territory until Sunday morning. And they have snow problems elsewhere in the world, for example in Germany, snow and ice paralyzed public transport in Munich last night. There are no trains, buses or trams.
- Low pressure Ciro brought the most December snow to the lowlands in the Czech Republic in at least the last 60 years.
- In southern Bohemia, up to three quarters of a meter of snow fell in some places during the night. The situation is approaching a catastrophic state, the director of Road Administration and Maintenance (SÚS) of the South Bohemian Region, Andrea Jankovcová, told ČTK today. The main roads are passable, the road workers have all 200 spreaders in the field.
- Snow complicates traffic in the west of Bohemia. Especially in the southern part of the Pilsen region, the roads are slippery and in higher places under a layer of snow.
- The governor of South Bohemia, Martin Kuba (ODS), declared a state of calamity in the region due to the snow. There are problems in rail and bus transport, ČTK said.
- Heavy snowfall this morning complicated traffic in the Pardubice regioni. There were a number of accidents on the roads in the county this morning. Meteorologists have issued a warning of permanent snowfall for the region. Around ten centimeters of snow could fall in the region today.
- Up to 45 centimeters of snow has fallen in the south of Bohemia and Vysočina since Friday, and up to 25 centimeters will fall today.
- A layer of snow covers the roads in the mountainous areas of the Zlín region after heavy overnight snowfall. The roads are passable, but dispatchers appeal for the necessary caution.
It is snowing in central Bohemia, the road workers have put all their equipment into the terrain. In places, a layer of new snow makes driving difficult or visibility is poorer due to precipitation, according to information from the Directorate of Roads and Highways and regional road operators. Police officers recorded a greater number of accidents. In the morning, for example, they intervened in the collision of two trucks and two cars on the I/3 road near Pětihost in the Praha-východ district. She sustained one serious injury, the main road from Prague to the south had to be closed due to the accident, police spokeswoman Michaela Richterová told ČTK.
“The roads are treated, but unfortunately we still have snow, so all the spreaders are out. It will probably go on all day.” an employee of the regional administration and road maintenance dispatch told ČTK after 7:00 a.m. “We don’t have any road impassable or closed, but you need to drive with extra caution. Drivers should understand that they should not rush in such weather,” he added.
“Low pressure Ciro brought the most December snow to the lowlands in the Czech Republic for at least the last 60 years. The most snow in the last 24 hours was 37 cm in Temelín (a total of 43 cm, in České Budějovice 32 cm (a total of 41 cm), in Přibyslav 28 cm (a total of 38 cm), in Pilsen 14 cm (a total of 19 cm), in Prague-Kbelích 16 cm (total 18 cm), Kuchařovice 10 cm, Ostrava 10 cm (total 14 cm), meteorologist Dagmar Honsová told Blesk.
View of the D1 highway in the direction of Prague. Due to a truck accident, a huge convoy has formed here, which reaches 20 kilometers. Trucks are parked in both lanes. “The situation is complicated by undisciplined truck drivers who also block the left lane. Towing services also have problems with road workers,” added the police officers.
Snow and ice complicates traffic in Prague, especially in the peripheral parts of the city. For example, operations on several bus lines were interrupted. The highways on the way to Prague were also snowy or icy. This follows from information from road workers and the Prague Transport Company.
In Prague, there are places where there are remnants of slush after chemical treatment or plowing. However, according to the current information on the website of the Technical Communications Administration of Prague before 08:30, there were no major traffic problems. According to the website of the Directorate of Roads and Highways, there is also ice in the morning on the D1 and D11 on the approach to the city. According to Dopravní podniku, traffic on four public transport bus lines was interrupted before 08:30 due to impassable roads, especially on the outskirts of the city.
Snow and ice paralyzed public transport in Munich overnight. There are no trains, buses or trams, the DPA agency reported. Some passengers in Munich and also in Ulm in Baden-Württemberg were forced to spend the night on trains. The operation of the Munich airport is also interrupted, which also affected the air connection with Prague. Other areas in southern Germany are also reporting problems.
According to a spokesman for Munich Airport, cleaning work is underway at the site to ensure the resumption of safe operations. A spokesman said the airport would remain closed until 12:00 CET. “The line from Munich was canceled by the carrier’s decision, apparently due to the weather in Munich itself,” said Václav Havel Airport spokesperson Klára Divíšková. According to the website of the Prague airport, the arrival from Munich at 13:05 and the departure to Munich at 13:45 CET are cancelled.
The queue at the 97th km of the D1 highway is already 20 km long after the truck accident. The situation is complicated by unruly truck drivers, who also block the left lane, the police said.
Firefighters throughout the country were kept busy by a large increase in traffic accidents. Compared to normal, this is a fourfold increase. They had to intervene in 212 cases involving accidents and various technical interventions. “This is an almost fourfold increase compared to our usual daily average of the number of these hits. Be careful on the road and adapt your driving style to the current weather.” referred to X.
A layer of drifted or slush snow remained on the roads in the Hradec Králové region this morning after the snowfall. On the roads in the Krkonoše Mountains, there is a layer of driven snow up to ten centimeters thick, which is icy in places. There was slush on the D11 highway this morning. At higher elevations on open stretches of road, the wind created tongues of snow, road officials said. Drivers should be very careful when driving.
The D1 highway was blocked by a truck accident around five in the morning. “She was unharmed. The truck will be recovered. The column is seven kilometers long. D1 through Vysočina is passable only with increased caution,” wrote police spokeswoman Dana Čírtková.
In Vysočín, the police have reported seven traffic accidents since this morning, and traffic problems persist throughout the region. It’s still snowing and the roads aren’t cleared.
Snow complicates traffic in the west of Bohemia. Especially in the southern part of the Pilsen region, the roads are slippery and in higher places under a layer of snow. There is also slushy snow on the D5 highway near Pilsen, in the direction of Rozvadov. There were accidents on the slippery road, the highway is closed in several places, according to information from the Directorate of Roads and Highways (ŘSD).
The governor of South Bohemia, Martin Kuba (ODS), declared a state of calamity in the region due to the snow. There are problems and shutdowns in rail and bus transport, said ČTK. Some roads will not be passable today, there are power outages in some places. The company EG.D recorded 29 faults on high voltage lines due to the snow in the Czech Republic. There are 10,000 supply points without electricity, most of them in the south of Bohemia and the Vysočina, said Roman Šperňák, spokesman for the energy company E.ON, to ČTK today.
Heavy snowfall this morning complicated traffic in the Pardubice region. Road 1/37 between Nasavrky and Trhová Kamenice is passable only with snow chains, road officials said. The road connects the Pardubice region with the Highlands. There were a number of accidents on the roads in the county this morning. A bus crashed in Kunvald in Orlickoustek. There were no injuries in the crash, police said.
Overnight snowfall and temperatures slightly below zero complicated traffic in southern Moravia this morning. Although the main roads are mostly passable with caution after chemical treatment, drivers on the road from Brno to Svitavy near Krhova in Blanensko must be careful about problems with a stuck truck. Because of the ice, there are still no regular buses to some municipalities in different parts of the region, and in some places connections are delayed due to waiting for sprinkler trucks, according to information on the websites of the Road Administration and Maintenance of the South Moravian Region and the Integrated Transport System of the South Moravian Region. These are lower class roads.
In the Liberec region, road workers manage to keep the roads passable. They have all the equipment in the field, the dispatcher of the regional administration and road maintenance told ČTK today. In the mountains, there is a layer of driven snow on the roads. The ice cream truck is on its way to Semila, the police warned on the website.
The road between the villages of Dubá and Holany in the Česká Lípa district is impassable, where a tree fell on the road. Firefighters are also clearing a fallen tree near the village of Ralsko in Českolipska, where motorists are currently not allowed to pass either. A truck got stuck in Újezd pod Troskami in the Semila region.
A layer of snow covers the roads in the mountainous areas of the Zlín region after heavy overnight snowfall. The roads are passable, but dispatchers appeal for the necessary caution. In addition, ice can form in the highest parts of Vsetínsk, according to information from the Directorate of Roads and Highways. It is still snowing in the region, with road managers reporting up to 15 centimeters of fresh snow in the highest elevations.
The company EG.D recorded 29 faults on high voltage lines due to the snow in the Czech Republic. There are 10,000 collection points without electricity, most of them in the south of Bohemia and the Vysočina, Roman Šperňák, spokesman for the energy company E.ON, told ČTK today. The impacts of the disturbances are not as great as they were during the wind storm some time ago, he added.
Of the disturbances recorded by EG.D, there are 26 of them in South Bohemia and the Pelhřimov region. “In the south of Bohemia, it is all over the region, but mainly in the southern part of the region in Český Krumlov, Prachatick, and Jindřichohradeck. It’s not like one outage is going to shut down thousands of homes. The effects of malfunctions are not as great as during a wind storm, colleagues manage to quickly define it. But it is more demanding in terms of repairs, we are still dealing with snowfall and with the fact that the roads are difficult to pass,” said Spernak.
It is snowing in central Bohemia, the road workers have put all their equipment into the terrain. In places, a layer of new snow makes driving difficult or visibility is poorer due to precipitation, according to information from the Directorate of Roads and Highways and regional road operators.
Up to 15 centimeters of snow fell overnight in the highest locations of the Olomouc region. The road workers have all the equipment in the field, they are still plowing and pouring. The roads are passable, but road administrators are urging motorists to be more careful, dispatchers told ČTK today. Caution is in order not only in the north of the region, but also in other districts, the snowfall has not yet stopped. In addition, the wind creates tongues of snow in some places.
In the Ústí Region today, drivers have to expect snow on their way to the mountains. In the Ore Mountains, there is a drifted layer of snow covered with sprinkles on the roads. A glacier appeared in Litoměřice. The road near Krupka in Teplicka and Telnice in Ústeck is impassable, where there are tongues of snow and road workers do not maintain these roads in winter. Highways are wet, visibility is reduced by fog and snow.
Roads in the Moravian-Silesian region are passable only with increased caution after Friday and night’s snowfall. Snow tongues form in some places in the Opava region. Road 1/56 from Ostravice via Bíla to Horní Bečva in the Zlín Region has been closed to trucks since December 1.
More than ten centimeters of snow fell in places in the Moravian-Silesian region on Friday afternoon and overnight today. Most, however, in the mountainous regions of Bruntál and Frýdecko-Místec. In Jeseníky and Beskydy, there is a layer of snow on the roads. They are passable only with increased caution. In the Opava region, snow tongues form in places due to the influence of the wind.
Hello, dear readers. Up to 45 centimeters of snow has fallen since Friday in southern Bohemia and the Highlands. According to meteorologists, up to 25 centimeters will fall there today and it will snow on Sunday as well. Heavy snowfall has affected a number of regions, so we will monitor the weather and traffic situation online for you.