Czech Republic sees third straight day of heavy snow


A third straight day of heavy snow (more than 20 centimetres since Saturday) combined with freezing rain and cold in parts of the Czech Republic, has complicated conditions on roads and seen continued power outages. Most major roads were reportedly drivable, having been gritted with snow-melting chemicals, but motorists are being advised to proceed with caution. In the region of Hradec Králové a number of smaller roads remain closed due to snow drifts or icy conditions. Elsewhere, motorists have suffered poor visibility due to continued snowfall.

One driver, who exited his car near Příbram, was knocked unconscious by a tree falling under the weight of snow; he was taken to hospital and is reportedly in serious condition.