Most Czechs enjoy winter sports and are willing to spend large sums of money on holidays at ski resorts at home and abroad. The Alps are traditionally a popular holiday destination, but the favourable weather conditions this winter offer great opportunities for skiing at home - in the Krkonoše Mountains, the Šumava Mountains, the Jizera Mountains and the Beskydy Mountains. In addition to skiing, the most popular winter pastimes are tobogganing and bobsleighing.
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.
The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute has issued a frost warning for the
coming 48 hours. Day temperatures will remain well below freezing point and
night time lows can drop to – 20 degrees in places.
Children, older people and people with chronic illnesses have been advised to keep their outdoor activities to a minimum and layer their clothing.
The Czech Republic is expected to experience a spell of Arctic weather in
the coming fortnight. Meteorologists have warned that a cold front moving
west from Siberia will hit the country in the coming days bringing
sub-degree day temperatures during the daytime and night temperatures
dropping to -20 degrees Celsius in places.
On Saturday night time lows in Kvilda, in the Šumava Mountains reached -32 degrees Celsius. A warming is expected at the end of the month.
While most of the Czech Republic saw heavy snowfall with the start of the New Year, Prague remained mostly dry with not a snowflake in sight. With grey and dreary weather, the capital city offers few options in terms of winter diversions. Luckily winter sports enthusiasts stuck in the city can head for one of the outdoor artificial ice rinks that have become a popular tradition in recent years. While they can’t match the magic of skating on frozen lakes and rivers, they offer good winter entertainment close to home. One outdoor skating rink is open
A Czech men’s group is planning to encourage reflection on the dangers of
alcohol again this year with the seventh edition of Dry February. The
director of the League of Open Men, Josef Petr, said the rules were simple
– not one drop of alcohol for the whole of the month.
The group’s dedicated website offers tips on exercises and alternative non-alcoholic drinks, as well as advice from psychologists. Czechs rank among the top five nations in the world in terms of annual per capita consumption of pure alcohol.
Natural calamities were much less frequent in 2018 compared to the previous
year, according to a survey of leading insurance companies carried out by
the Czech News Agency.
Reported damages caused by natural events were down roughly by 50 percent compared to 2017, the survey shows. Most damage was caused by storms and lightning, while flooding was rare. Damage due to minor earthquakes, even rarer still, rose compared to previous years. The most afflicted regions were those of Central Bohemia, Moravia-Silesia, and Prague.
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