Heavy snow causes disruptions across the country
The Czech Republic is getting its share of winter weather. Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have disrupted traffic across the country, with the main motorways and railway experiencing severe problems. Prague’s Ruzyně airport was closed for traffic overnight and many international flights, similarly as train connections, are delayed. The authorities in most major cities are struggling to get the situation under control, and have asked people to leave their cars at home.
Traffic accidents also blocked the D5 motorway between Prague and the German border. The authorities say winter tyres are essential to be able to drive safely, and they also advise drivers to use snow chains.
Czech Railways has declared a nationwide emergency because of the snowfall. Some trains have been cancelled, others are facing hour-long delays; the situation is apparently improving on regional railway lines, and the company is advising people to check the latest news online;
“The situation here at Prague airport is stabilized and air traffic is without any major problems. There have of course been delays on flights, especially on arrivals to Prague. But that has to do with the situation in the whole of Europe. But air traffic is facing no serious problems.”
How long are the delays, and when do you expect flights could return to their regular schedule?
“I have no idea. That depends on the weather. I said it concerns arrivals to Prague, which is something we cannot influence here at Prague Airport. I suggest that people follow weather forecasts, and contact the airline where they bought their tickets for more information about whether the flight is going to be cancelled or not.”
The east of the country is expecting more snow on Friday and Saturday. Meteorologists warn that some 15 to 20 centimetres of fresh snow should fall in Moravia and eastern Bohemia over the weekend, so we can expect more problems on roads in that part of the country. However, in Prague and the west the weather should be freezing but sunny so traffic here is expected to return to normal on Friday.