Heavy snow brings traffic to standstill
The Czech Republic is currently experiencing proper winter weather - much to the delight of winter sports lovers. But just like every year snow and freezing temperatures have been causing severe problems throughout the country.
If we look out of the window here in the studio, we can see that Prague is covered in snow, and while it looks rather lovely, I'm afraid people who had to commute to work this morning had little understanding for the beauty of the white city. I myself travelled half an hour longer than I normally would but some people were held up for hours in tailbacks of cars.
So did road maintenance crews fail to handle the situation?
If trams have problems, how about trains?
The ten to thirty centimetres of snow that fell last night throughout the country has indeed affected rail traffic. Tracks as well as points are covered in snow which railway workers have to clear away. Moreover, temperatures below minus ten degrees Celsius on Tuesday caused tracks to break and points to freeze in many places. But on Wednesday morning Czech Railways reported only 20-minute delays on average. However, international trains have been reported to be up to one hour behind their schedule. Speaking of freezing temperatures, there is one interesting thing - while frosty weather reduces the capacity of batteries in cell-phones, it is said to improve mobile phone signal.