AFPWinter conditions in Salzburg
NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 16:12
Parts of Central Europe are struggling with the consequences of heavy snowfall. This morning it became apparent that there were major problems due to snowfall in the south of the German state of Bavaria. There are also problems in parts of the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland. In the Netherlands, the KNMI warns of snowfall tomorrow. Code yellow has therefore been declared for the entire country for tomorrow.
The authorities in Austria warn of avalanches. In the provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, in the west of the country, half a meter of snow fell in some places. The Austrian railway company OBB says that several railway lines have become impassable due to the snowfall.
Trucks without winter tires
There are major problems on many Austrian highways. The Austrian road authority ASFiNAG says that the authorities had to work hard due to the “enormous snowfall”. The road manager also strongly criticizes truck drivers who drove on the highway without proper preparation for the winter weather.
“In some cases they had no winter tires and no snow chains,” the organization reports. “Obviously they were the first to stop and block the road for everyone.” Traffic came to a standstill in the area of the Gleinalm tunnel, including on the A2 in the Wolfsberg region and on the A9 (the Pyhrn Autobahn).
In the Czech Republic, the governor of the South Bohemia region has declared a state of emergency due to problems caused by snowfall, public broadcaster CT24 reports. More than 75 centimeters of snow fell in some places, the broadcaster reported. There are major problems on the road and rail.
An accident on the D1 between Brno and Prague caused a 20 kilometer traffic jam full of trucks. Traffic also came to a complete standstill in some places on the D5 between Prague and Germany. There were cancellations and delays in public transport in the Czech Republic.
More than 15,000 people in the Czech Republic were without power for some time. More snow is expected.