The current spell of cold and wet weather brought the season’s first snow
to the Krkonoše Mountains in the north of the country.
Fresh snow fell overnight in areas over 1,200 metres above sea level and meteorologists expect more snow to fall during the day. The temperature at the country’s highest mountain, Sněžka, is currently below zero.
Union leaders at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
(ÚSTR) have called on Senators to reject the election of former interior
minister František Bublan to the institute’s council.
ÚSTR's Miroslav Vodrážka and Petr Blažek argue that the former minister tried to dissolve the institute and therefore is not suited to join it. Bublan has denied that assertion.
Senators have the authority to appoint ÚSTR’s seven council members. Four candidates are proposed by civic initiatives, two by the Lower House of Parliament and one by the Czech President.
MPs have proposed Bublan and the historian Eduard Stehlík. The Senate is due to choose the councilors this coming week.
The bout of cold weather has brought snow to the mountain regions of the Czech Republic. Up to four centimetres of fresh snow fell on Sunday in areas above 600 metres in the regions of Olomouc, Moravia-Silesia, and Zlín regions and night temperatures dropped to below minus five degrees Celsius. The cold spell is expected to last throughout Monday.
Clean-up operations continue in many parts of the country following heavy
snow-fall over the weekend.
The situation is reported to be worst in Kladno, west of Prague, which declared a state of emergency on Sunday and the Usti and Olomouc regions which saw fresh snow overnight.
Maintenance crews have been out in force to clear up second and third class roads in southern Bohemia which saw 30 cm of fresh snow at the weekend. Fallen trees blocked roads and rail tracks disrupting traffic.
The eastern part of the country is expected to see more snow on Monday.
Heavy snowfall has been complicating traffic around the country. Most
regions, including Central Bohemia and the capital Prague, saw heavy
snowfall overnight with some areas of the country getting 15 to 20 cm of
Although road maintenance crews have been out in force and working around the clock not all roads have been cleared and drivers have been warned to exercise extreme caution. Some roads have been closed to heavy trucks.
Prague’s international airport reported delays in scheduled landings and at least one flight was re-directed to Brno. Bus transport in Prague was also affected, with delays and some routes cancelled due to problematic terrain in the heavy snow.
Thousands of households in South Bohemia have been left without power.
A snow warning remains in place throughout Sunday.
Heavy snowfall with around ten centimetres of fresh snow has complicated
transport in the east of the country, especially in South Moravia.
Traffic is congested in many places and police have warned drivers to exercise extreme caution after being called out to several dozen accidents throughout Monday morning.
Most parts of the country are expected to see more snow and rain throughout the day.
Up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow could fall in South Bohemia, Vysočina
and north-eastern parts of the Czech Republic on Monday, the Czech
Hydro-Meteorological Institute has warned. Most of the snow will be in
highland areas but it will also be seen in some low-lying parts.
According to a regular four-week forecast issued on Saturday, temperatures in the coming week should hover just above 0 degrees Celsius during the day. While those values will be below average, the following weeks are expected to see average daytime highs for the time of year. Precipitation will also be around average for most of the coming month, forecasters predict.
Large parts of Moravia and Northern and Eastern Bohemia have been dealing
with high winds and drifting snow in Arctic temperatures over the weekend.
High winds have felled trees, complicating transport, and blown roofs off houses in the east of the country. Damages to power lines have left an estimated 10,000 users without electricity on Sunday.
Temperatures in West Bohemia fell to more than minus 10 degrees Celsius during Saturday night with the cold snap expected to last for several days. The Czech weather office’s warning of high winds lasts until Sunday night in the east of the country.
Meteorologists have issued a snow warning for some parts of the Czech
Republic. Heavy snowfall is expected to bring up to 10 centimetres of fresh
snow to the south of the country by Sunday morning.
The Šumava mountains in the southwest could see up to 15 centimetres of fresh snow. Drivers have been warned to expect traffic complications and not to set out for the mountains without winter gear.
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.