Maintenance crews and firemen have been struggling to deal with the damage
caused by the gale force winds that swept through the Czech Republic on
Thursday night, bringing down power lines and stopping trains. Fire
brigades were called to 700 emergencies in the wake of the storm and 30,000
homes were left without power.
Most rail routes were cleared in the course of Friday morning although over 5,000 households in the northern and western parts of the country were still without power. Many roads remain impassable and drivers have been asked not to set out on longer journeys if at all possible.
The Bohemian Switzerland National Park in the north-western parts of the country is closed to tourists because of the danger of falling trees. Thousands of trees were uprooted by the storm and many others are damaged.
The Czech Weather Office has warned against heavy snowfall and extremely
high winds across the Czech Republic on Wednesday night and throughout
Up to 30 centimetres of fresh snow is expected to fall in the mountain regions of the Czech Republic. On Thursday, winds on high grounds could reach up to 125 kilometres an hour, the office says.
Police have reported an accident on the main motorway between Prague and
Brno in which more than 10 trucks and two cars were involved, according to
Police said at least one person was injured in the accident.
Snowfall and high winds have complicated traffic in the area with the motorway blocked in both directions at some stages. Drifts have also blocked traffic on side roads.
The Czech Republic should continue to experience mild weather for the time
of year for at least two more weeks, according to the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute. Daytime temperatures are expected to be at
0 degrees Celsius or above until the end of January, when freezing weather
is forecast to begin.
Saturday saw record high temperatures set in a number of places, with Karviná in the Moravian Silesian Region recording 13.2 degrees Celsius.
A biggest group ever of Czech scientists, including nine women, are heading for their annual expedition to the Czech base on James Ross Island in the Antarctic. Apart from a long-term research of climate change, Czech scientists will also be testing various commercial products in local extreme weather conditions.
Strong winds battered the Czech Republic on Thursday complicating traffic in many parts of the country. Traffic police reported a heightened number of accidents due to adverse weather conditions and the D8 highway leading from Prague through central and north Bohemia to the German border was closed after a strong gust of wind overturned a truck on the road. Drivers have been warned to exercise caution.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka will represent the Czech Republic at the
Paris Summit on Climate Change on December 12th, the Office of the
Government said in a press release. It will be Mr. Sobotka’s last foreign
trip as head of government.
On December 13th President Zeman will appoint a new government. The Sobotka government has already handed in its resignation, but remains in office until the new cabinet takes over.
Snow and ice have caused chaos on Czech roads on Thursday. Fire services
have also been called out across the country to deal with fallen trees
prompted by the snowfall.
In south Moravia police reported around three dozen accidents on roads. Most major roads were said to be open although motorists faced problems on higher ground. Warnings have been issued that temperatures could drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius over the weekend.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for some parts of the Czech
Republic. Heavy snowfall on Thursday morning is expected to bring from five
to 12 centimetres of fresh snow to the eastern part of Moravia and Silesia.
The Beskydy mountains may see up to 20 centimetres of snow. Weather experts have also warned drivers about strong winds and snowdrifts.
Heavy snowfall on Sunday night and Monday morning complicated traffic in
some parts of the country. Around five centimetres of snow fell overnight
in the Šumava mountains and in the Vysočina region.
Jeseníky Mountains in the north east of the country saw around ten centimetres of fresh snow and further snowfall is expected during the day.