Accidents, stationary highways, over half a meter of snow in places. In the Czech Republic, winter hit hard.
In the South Bohemian region, the Governor Martin Kuba (ODS) even announced a catastrophic situation in the morning.
People are dealing with power outages because of the landslides, ten thousand households are without power. In some places, trains and buses are not running, some roads are impassable, despite the fact that hundreds of spreaders have set out on them.
“We are consulting the situation with our road workers, with the elements of the rescue integrated system and with meteorologists. We have all the road workers’ equipment on the roads, but due to the fact that the snowfall continues, it turns out that despite all the efforts of our technicians, it is no longer completely possible to keep all the roads passable,” said Kuba.
Since Friday, up to three quarters of a meter of snow has fallen in some parts of the region and the neighboring Vysočina, with up to three centimeters falling per hour. Meteorologists have even intensified the warning. “Snowfall will continue with variable intensity in the following hours during the morning and afternoon. We expect another 10 to 25 centimeters to fall in this area during Saturday, that means a total of 30 to 65 centimeters,” they wrote on the social network X (formerly Twiter).
#warning 📢 Editing the alert!
❄️Even though “the worst” is behind us, the snowfall will still subside in some areas during the morning and afternoon.
☝️We have increased the intensity of the warning against new snow cover in ORP Sušice, Horažďovice and Klatovy (increase in intensity from yellow… pic.twitter.com/0YIUVXrNDp
— Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) (@CHMUCHMI) December 2, 2023
The distribution company EG.D reports a power outage at approximately ten thousand take-off points, mostly in the south of Bohemia and the Highlands.
Firefighters in southern Bohemia responded to seven dozen snow-related incidents on Saturday night. They most often cleared fallen trees and branches from the roads, especially in Budějovice, Tábor and Krumlov. “Since 4 p.m. yesterday, we have had a total of 200 hits,” announced spokesman Vratislav Malý.
Already on Friday, firefighters in the Czech Republic had over two hundred trips, four times more than the normal situation.
📈 A large number of traffic accidents kept us busy yesterday. We intervened in 212 of these cases. This is an almost fourfold increase compared to our usual daily average of the number of such hits. Be careful on the road and adapt your driving style to the current weather.👨🚒 pic.twitter.com/29YIRT39Po
— Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic (@hasici_cr) December 2, 2023
Snow causes major problems on roads and highways. On the D1 in the direction of Brno, after the accident at the 97th kilometer in Vysočina, there is a 20 kilometer long queue. According to the police, some truck drivers also block the left lane. The largest highway is passable with increased caution.
Since five o’clock in the morning, the police have reported seven accidents. “Drivability problems persist. An unprecedented amount of snow is lying on the roads and it is still snowing. That’s why everyone has to expect complications in traffic,” regional police spokeswoman Dana Čírtková told reporters.
Police officers appeal to drivers to drive only if necessary and to check whether the intended route is passable before traveling.
Drivers from other highways are reporting major problems. On the D5 between Pilsen and Rozvadov, after the accident, trucks are standing in a column of several kilometers. According to police spokeswoman Dagmar Brožová, in the Plzeň region, they dealt with over 200 accidents without serious consequences from Friday to Saturday morning.
Columns are also on D3. However, problems are reported in many other places in the Czech Republic.