persistent rainy weather While in the North of Germany, the Winter in the South of the country and in the entire Alpine Region. For the next few days heavy snow falls continue to be predicted. A storm with Gale-force winds to snow drifts and, thus, more problems might be in order.
All of the events and developments relating to the winter chaos in the star-snow-Ticker:
+++ 16.27 PM: DWD out there again, storm warning +++
The German weather service has issued on Saturday, once again a severe weather warning for the snow-chaos affected areas in the South of Germany: From the Saturday evening is therefore in the Alps and partly in the southern foothills of the Alps and in the Bavarian forest, with extremely heavy snow with 40 to 70 cm of snow, in exposed traffic jam in the Alps, with up to a metre of new snow were expected. Storms bring significant snow drifts, in the warning situation report on the website of the DWD. For the rural districts of Lindau, Ostallgäu, Oberallgäu, Weilheim-Schongau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, Miesbach, Rosenheim, Traunstein and Berchtesgadener Land with the DWD gave the highest severe weather four out of the warning level.
+++ 15.15 clock: In Germany, the weather remains uncomfortable +++
The weather remains uncomfortable. For example, the sky in the night to Sunday in the whole of the Republic is covered with clouds. In the North-West rain comes down, and in the Southeast half of snow falls in higher elevations. For the Alps, the black forest and the Bavarian forest and the German weather service (DWD) expected cases of strong snow. It is because of the Snow, the danger of breaking trees. Lowest temperatures in the valleys between 6 and 0 degrees, in the mountains easier to Frost.
Sunday is cloudy and rainy. Thunderstorms in the North are not excluded according to the DWD. The snow line rises. Therefore, mountains of strong thaw prevails in the medium. In the Alps it is snowing. Maximum temperatures range between 4 degrees in the South-East and 10 degrees along the Rhine river. A stormy westerly wind with gusts of wind threatening to the North sea.
The rainfall sound off in the night to Monday in the North. In the middle and in the South it is raining. Snow and snow-rain falls at higher elevations. 5 to 1 degree of Frost. In the mountains and in the Alps the temperatures can fall to -3 degrees. At the lake and at higher elevations, storm -, and Hurricane-force winds blow.
On Monday, the sky fans in the North-East, on the Baltic sea, it is going to be Sunny. In the middle and in the South of the DWD show expected like rain or snow. It remains stormy. High temperatures will be in the Eastern half of between 2 and 4 degrees, in the Western half 4 to 8 degrees. In the night from Monday to Tuesday in the case of changing up the heavy clouds, gradually declining rainfall.
+++ 14.06 PM: The cleared snow into streams, tilt, warn authorities +++
In Austria, soldiers, firefighters, and local residents have used the extended snow break on Saturday. So shoveled hundreds of soldiers, many house roofs from heavy snow load. Helicopters flew numerous missions to blow with the Wind of their rotors the snow from the trees.
The authorities warned the citizens not to tilt the cleared snow in the creeks or on the shore. There are local Floods threatened, if streams dammed.
in General, the avalanche danger decreased in Austria, at least temporarily. On Saturday, the experts classified the threat in the Tyrol and Vorarlberg on level 3 of a five-part scale. According to the weather forecast of strong precipitation with a regional more than a metre of snow threatens from Sunday again.
+++ 12.30 PM: holiday exchange in snowy Austria +++
bed exchange in the tourist resorts in the deep snow of the Austrian state of Salzburg: At the weekend, 100,000 of the holiday makers should plan to arrive, as the tourism society, the province of Salzburg reported. You don’t expect, in spite of the many snow but with larger problems. Because the weather was on Friday after the rainfall of the past few weeks, better, were opened many temporarily blocked the main transport links.
+++ 12.12 PM: According to the highway traffic jam in the winter weather investigations against 60 driver +++
After the 50-Kilometer-long traffic jam on the motorway 9 in the case of Hermsdorf in Thuringia, on Wednesday, the police determined against 60 truck drivers. The driver had not complied with either the emergency lane or be driven on the left-hand lane as the motorway told police. A civil servant had made of all the vices of evidence photos, these are now being evaluated. The offending driver must pay a penalty of more than 100 Euro and get any points in Flensburg. According to the highway police, the driver be punished but only for a Misdemeanor. First, the “Ostthüringer newspaper reported”.
To the traffic on the A9, it came on Wednesday, as dozens of trucks were to fall on a slope to Slide, and then cross had stood. According to police information, the traffic was building up on the A9 temporarily from the Bavarian-Thuringian state border in the direction of Berlin to the South of Hermsdorf. Truck drivers in snow and icy conditions prohibited to drive in the left lane. If there are no wintry conditions, you may only move to the left lane if you have a much higher speed, as the driver in the center lane. This so-called “elephant races are to be prevented”.
+++ 11.26 PM: avalanche risk in the Berchtesgaden Alps significantly +++
The avalanche danger in the Berchtesgaden Alps has decreased, according to evaluation of experts, but nevertheless remains substantial. For the Saturday of the avalanche service of Bavaria, considered risk in all areas of the Bavarian Alps on alert level 3, which is the second highest of five threat. On Friday, the professionals had spoken in the Berchtesgaden Alps, still a great deal of danger, warning level 4, and. In the rest of the Alps in Bavaria, alert level 3 was on Friday already.
The main risk is, therefore, of large or very large, loose snow and snow avalanches, which could loosen due to the weight of the new Snow on the old snow. Avalanches could go to in the valley, down the slope, close to transport and walking trails at risk. The avalanche warning service strongly recommends that you be extra careful and make a cautious route selection, should you be traveling in the mountains.
+++ 11.11 PM: Bayern sends more police in snow areas – Söder worried +++
Bavaria is sending an additional 500 riot police in the snow-covered Disaster areas. “There is no reason to panic, but already a serious concern”, said Prime Minister Markus Sbarren (CSU) on Saturday in Bad Tölz. He wanted to get an Overview of the Situation and took part in a meeting of the forces.
Overall, Söders, according to then 5000 forces in the field and currently busy to release in danger of collapsing roofs from the snow. If necessary, additional forces will be set in motion. All were in “full blast,” said Söder.
“The main challenge will be the next day the roofs of the load,” stressed the Prime Minister. “Through the rain, the load is heavier.” The forces were “very very concerned”.
For the districts of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, Miesbach, Traunstein, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and parts of the Berchtesgadener land, in the case of a disaster. The is expected to continue until Tuesday. For Saturday and Sunday, heavy rains were once again predicted, there were severe weather warnings for the South of Bavaria.
+++ 10.55 PM: weather service warns Bayern against extreme snow depths +++
The German weather service (DWD) announces for the coming days in Bavaria once again to the strong snowfall. For upper Bavaria and Swabia, he gave out a storm warning: Above 1000 meters there should be between Saturday evening and Tuesday extremely heavy snowfall – up to a metre of new snow.
In the Alps and in the Bavarian forest, the experts expect above 600 meters, with 20 to 50 centimetres of snow, and from 800 meters, with 50 to 70 centimeters. Overall, extreme snow depths would result.
In the foothills of the Alps there should be a storm with speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour, high in the Alps and the Bavarian forest were up to 100 kilometers per hour. It was to be expected with snow drifts, so the DWD.
+++ 08.26 PM: new snow, stormy winds, and avalanche danger in Austria +++
a Stormy Wind has passed over night in Parts of Austria to heavy snow drifts, and thus the avalanche danger high. Such as warning Services reported, in the so-called snow drift accumulations of unstable layers.
This may be related layers of Snow on Meadows, and in deciduous forests also fall below 2000 meters suddenly start to Slide. From steep, rocky terrain, snow avalanches, reported the avalanche warning service of Styria. After a snow-poor Friday, it should be snowing on Saturday and Sunday, once again extensively.
Even a single tour-goers may already trigger an avalanche, warned of the avalanche warning service of lower Austria. He expected on Saturday in the Ybbstaler Alps, with about 20 inches of snow and at minus five degrees Celsius to about 1500 meters, with stormy winds. Also in the coming night is expected with heavy snow cases.
messages of Friday, the 1.1.
+++ 21.58 watch: train collides against the tree in the Track +++
Around 40 passengers have been sitting firmly in the winter of Thuringia, about three hours on a train that had collided with a tree. Was injured in the accident no one. The tree probably fell because of a high snow load on the tracks, said a railway spokesperson. The incident occurred at 18 o’clock on the route Würzburg-Erfurt, close to the train station Zella-Mehlis. The train was not able to drive afterwards due to a technical defect, the spokeswoman said. Another train got it towed finally, after the tree was cleared out of the way. Since the roads were blocked around, it was not possible to send a Bus to the site of the accident to the scene of the accident held-out driving to pick up guests.
+++ 16.58 PM: Important travel route in the Tyrol, for several days++++
locked The remote mountain pass in Tirol (B179) is blocked due to the weather forecasts as a precaution for several days. According to the Austrian automobile club ÖAMTC, the lock between the villages of Bichlbach and Lermoos occurs on Friday at midnight and remains in effect until Tuesday, 19.00. Affected also many German tourists and commuters could be because the fern pass road, a main route of travel from Germany. The German motorway A7 Füssen, on the border tunnels to the Austrian B179. The blocking can only be used on a large scale via Ehrwald and Garmisch-Partenkirchen avoided.
+++ 16.15: snow plow crashes into river, driver dies +++
An 18-ton snow plow fell in Lenggries in the Isar. The 48-year-old driver was trapped in the water and only after the recovery of the clearance vehicle tool in a life-threatening condition was able to be in a special hospital to Innsbruck flown. He died there in the afternoon. The vehicle was overturned in the rooms. The rescue measures proved extremely difficult, the masses of Snow made it difficult to Work, a crane had to be requested. The road in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen was locked.
+++ 15.39 at: avalanches in Austria +++
In Austria, the forces have used blasted the snow break and avalanches from the Slopes blown off. As a result, the Hochkar-Alpine road to the ski area Hochkar again cleared, as the mayor of Göstling, Friedrich Fahrnberger said. What time is the skiing at the Hochkar again, was not first, but that is exactly foreseeable. Also in Styria, some of the roads could be opened to tours, at least temporarily. Along the Pyhrn autobahn (A9) and many other roads, the trees were released, as a precaution, with the help of the rotor-winds of helicopters of snow.
+++ 15.14 PM: Merkel backs help for counties to apply +++
In five Bavarian districts in the event of a disaster. Armed forces, Technical relief, Federal police and local forces try to cope with the masses of Snow on the roofs. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) on Friday to assure that the number of the forces could, if necessary, be increased. “The Chancellor, as well as the entire Federal government would like to thank all the helpers in the from the fierce snow-affected areas for their use”, said the Deputy government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer in Berlin. The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) wants to visit the snowy regions on Saturday.
+++ 14.36 hrs: new snow in Bavaria – wet weather in Germany +++
For the weekend of the next snow announces. In the Alps and in the Bavarian forest, it will be up on Saturday morning again, 5 to 10 centimeters. In the middle and the South of Germany are, if at all, to be expected only a few inches of snow, said the German weather service on Friday in Offenbach.
The snow level increases, but steadily, and to to Sunday, mostly on over 1000, in the South on up to 1500 meters of climbing it was. By Monday evening it drops according to the DWD in Germany again – in the North-East to low altitudes, in the South to about 600 meters.
Until Tuesday morning, so on the Alps above 800 meters, 30 to 70 cm, to be expected in exposed locations, even up to a Meter of new snow. “A fundamental Change in the situation, it is not at least come to mid-week in sight,” said a weather expert at the DWD.
In most Parts of Germany there is instead of snow just windy and wet weather at temperatures of 2 to 7 degrees. In the Monday night, it relaxes according to the DWD in the North a little, otherwise, further rainfall. 5 to 1 degree of a frost-free place to stay, it is usually in the higher mountains and in the Alps, temperatures of 1 to Minus 3 degrees are expected. In-free layers, it can lead to stormy gusts, in the lake and in the mountains, sometimes to severe storm and hurricane – like gusts.
+++ 14.32: roofs in the area of Berchtesgaden snow load threatened +++
In the area of Berchtesgaden, the helpers fight against the masses of Snow. The roads were cleared on Friday a large part of the concern was then the roofs. More than 450 buildings were threatened, so far, nearly 100 were exempted from the burden, with shared use authorities on Friday. About 800 forces of the armed forces, Technical relief (THW), fire brigades and other organizations were in use. The snow was often more than a metre high on the roofs, was even talk of up to two meters.
“are There first of all the roofs,” said Landrat Georg Grabner (CSU). He had to call on Thursday for parts of his rural district Berchtesgadener Land in the event of a disaster, to be able to, among other things, the help of the Bundeswehr request. It is further also to transport routes. Especially under snow load crushing the end of the trees endangered the traffic. A helicopter should start as soon as possible, to rid the trees of the blocked stretch of the road in the District carrying amount of the load. There are approximately 300 people from the outside world are cut off. “We also need to keep the avalanche situation in the eye,” said Grabner.
+++ 13.43 PM: the Federal army evacuated German students with helicopter +++
The Austrian Federal army has a large group of students from the vicinity of Dortmund flew in with two helicopters from a mountain. The group with a total of 66 people have been sitting since Saturday in the high mountain house in Grünau im Almtal, said mayor Wolfgang Bammer of the Austrian news Agency APA.
The teenagers from Dortmund travelled for a skiing trip to upper Austria. Due to the large avalanche danger and the closed ski lifts, you could but, ultimately, not on the slopes. You would not have enjoyed a more adventurous stay, however, as after a few days, mobile phone and television were available, said Bammer. Only an emergency generator had supplied the house with electricity.
+++ 12.42 PM: researcher: snow chaos possible sign of climate change +++
The Potsdam Institute for climate impact research (PIK) does not exclude a connection between the current masses of Snow in the Alps and climate change. “The atmosphere has become warmer, therefore there is more moisture,” said climate researcher Peter Hoffmann, the German press Agency in Potsdam. For days it snows, especially in the Alpine space. There, the second-highest avalanche was on Thursday warning level.
According to Hoffmann, it is the climatic conditions, and on the other, the so-called mountain-effect: “We just have a massive North-flow, which goes over the North sea, which has relatively mild temperatures for the time of year – since the potential for moisture is there,” said Hoffmann. “This wind flow runs exactly against the mountains and against the Alps.”
The mountain effect is reinforced such events, according to the scientist. “It’s like a traffic jam of precipitation at the front of the mountains,” said Hoffmann. “In the summer, this precipitation leads to high water, in Winter, intense snow. The snow falls in deep freezing temperatures, then you are rather wet snow.” The interplay between Frost and thaw is yet to come. “Then, the snow load will be even stronger.”
+++ 11.27 am: as of Saturday evening, heavy snowfall in the Alps +++
expected After temporary relaxation of the German weather service (DWD) in the Alps, expected cases as of Saturday evening, heavy snow. Like this one announced on Friday in Offenbach, then there “is to be expected striking amounts of new Snow”. Heavy snow falls in southern Bavaria in days for major problems.
Several counties have declared the case of a disaster. Traffic was partially disrupted significantly, the snow load on roofs and trees, provides a risk. In Aying near Munich, a falling tree killed on Thursday a nine-year-old. On Friday, the situation calmed down. The DWD, only a few centimeters of snow should fall.
+++ 10.03 PM: avalanche danger in Austria has fallen slightly – reconnaissance flights planned +++
In many Parts of Austria, the avalanche danger has decreased slightly. In the most from the enormous fall of snow the past few days affected areas, the second highest warning level 4 was on Friday, for the most part, the Services said. On Thursday, the highest avalanche was in a different warning level 5.
In the open terrain, it nevertheless extremely dangerous, as, among other things, the Land of Salzburg. “The structure of the snowpack is extremely unstable and avalanches can easily be triggered,” said Michael Butschek from the avalanche warning service Salzburg according to a statement. “We strongly advise against driving in open terrain.”
For Friday had expected the forecasters with a short snow break, and sometimes even with sunshine in the Alps. Only towards the evening should therefore form clouds again, expected to bring new snow. “Especially in the night from Sunday to Monday, strong Wind comes,” in the Land of Salzburg. Therefore, the avalanche situation could escalate to the start of the week.
The short nice weather want to take advantage of the use of force in many places for reconnaissance flights with helicopters, among other things, controlled explosives to prepare. The Austrian Federal army and the interior Ministry in Vienna helicopter did not last.
+++ 8 PM: risk of avalanches in the Bavarian Alps drops – usually 3 instead of 4 +++
the level of The avalanche danger has decreased in many Parts of the Bavarian Alps, according to experts. For Friday downgraded the avalanche warning service Bavaria in Munich, the danger only for the Berchtesgaden Alpen as a big one, is the second highest of five threat. For the rest of the Alpine space a significant risk, i.e. level 3.
In the past few days, experts from across the Board of a large avalanche danger outgoing, which corresponds to level 4. They warned but now continued: “Due to the possible large excursions in the mountains, expanses of avalanches require particular caution and considered route choice.”
+++ 6.45 PM: snow a traffic jam on the A8 at the Chiemsee +++
Due to a blocking of the highway 8 at lake Chiemsee in the district of Rosenheim sat since Thursday night, many people in heavy snow in traffic. The Bavarian Red cross has built up care support points. The helper should leave the traffic jam and the people. Also in the early morning hours, the police could give no reason for complacency.
The municipality of Jachenau in Bad Tölz is currently only on a forestry road with the outside world
©Angelika Warmuth/ Picture-Alliance +++ 6 PM: disaster case in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen +++
Because of the heavy snow associated since the late Thursday evening in the southern Bavarian district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in the case of a disaster. In addition to the municipality of Jachenau, where the case of a disaster a few days ago, would have now other municipalities in the district with the masses of Snow to contend with, informed the district office in the night. Big problems there with access roads, and the snow loads on the roofs. Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen is to the counties of Miesbach, the Berchtesgadener Land district and Traunstein, the fourth district, in Bavaria, in the event of a disaster.
“The civil protection authority, the operations of the rescue forces, as well as other services, is now coordinating bodies, and may also request additional assistance, for example, from the German armed forces,” said district administrator Josef Niedermaier.
messages of Thursday, the 10.1.
+++ 21.06 at: avalanche in Switzerland rolls up in the hotel restaurant, – three injured +++
A 300-Meter-wide avalanche crashed into a hotel restaurant and injured three people easily. The snow was gone on the Schwägalp, Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, as the news Agency SDA reported. The white masses spilled accordingly, a plurality of vehicles, and also broke into the Restaurant of the hotel Säntis. A guest of this establishment told the Swiss newspaper “Tagblatt”, he was outside, suddenly see the snow swirling around and first on a roof avalanche believed. “Then there was a huge noise, and in the rear area of the snow penetrated the masses to the Restaurant.”
+++ 18.21 PM: the Federal army since the Saturday cut off place in Austria +++
The Austrian army has managed to reach since Saturday from the outside world cut off municipality of Hohe Tauern in upper Styria. The soldiers took food and Diesel on a forest road in the municipality, as Vice-mayor Gernot Jetz said. “The squad has beaten all-terrain vehicles through streams and steep terrain here,” said Jetz. For cars it is currently impossible to drive in the place of in or out. For Friday, Jetz and his colleagues in a crisis expect the rod with a time window in which there are explosives to be possible. The approximately 750 people trapped will now be informed that they could be brought in this window of time, with the Federal army from the place your car would then have to remain in the Hohe Tauern.
+++ 17.30: a child slain in the district of Munich umstürzendem tree +++
A nine-year-old Boy has been killed in Aying in the district of Munich by a falling tree. As the police informed, was broken the tree under high snow load. 20 minutes later, witnesses discovered the buried child and alerted the rescue forces. This tried for about an hour in vain for the child to revive.
+++ 16.35 PM: German armed forces in the Berchtesgadener Land in use +++
So the situation is not exacerbated, in the meantime, the German armed forces in the Berchtesgadener Land in use, which will form after the official Declaration of a disaster case is a kind of Shuttle with armored vehicles, to provide the people in the cut off village, as the press officer Eckhard Michel says, would be suspect as a Major to the sea, so his job title, but rather on the water in a different aggregate state. Since Wednesday, the soldiers had driven in front of all the residents and staff of the Asthma center and supplies.
The German armed forces and their mountaineers are now to help to free the roofs, the snow load. “On the roofs of already one and a half to two feet of snow to part now,” said Rasp. Thus, the snow pressures with a weight of up to 400 kilos per square meter on the roof. Most of the roofs in the District of book height were designed to be 500 pounds. But further falls of snow are announced.
+++ 16.27 at: Landkreis Traunstein calls the case of a disaster +++
The district of Traunstein calls because of the weather conditions in the event of a disaster. “We want to ensure the ability of the services to the full extent, and also to the aid of the German armed forces to fall back,“ said Councilor Siegfried Walch. Due to the risk situations, the civil protection authority is now at the district office with the participation of authorities, departments and forces of the various rescue and relief organizations and armed forces, the coordination of interventions. Previously, the district of Berchtesgadener Land as well as the district of proclaimed already in Miesbach the case of a disaster.
+++ 16.17 PM: Baby and mother in the snow uniform jacket warms up cold infant +++
In the Bavarian Allgäu region, police officers have kept a shivering infant from worse. Passers-by had discovered in Kaufbeuren, the helpless mother of the child, drunk in the snow next to a sidewalk. The woman held her insufficiently clothed Baby in her arms. The patrol officers wrapped the jacket the little girl in a uniform, and laid it in the police car, until the emergency services arrived. “After it had to get in a warm ambulance, and even put on a hat, it fell immediately to sleep,” said the police to the incident from the day before. The forces brought mother and child to the hospital.
+++ 16.13 PM: of snow masses force to find the Cemetery closed in Chemnitz +++
In the Municipal cemetery in the Saxon town of Chemnitz to 14. January due to high snow risk of breaking security, no funerals instead of reasons. As the city announced, were all cancelled until Monday scheduled funerals, the cemetery was closed. At the same time, in Chemnitz, Germany, before Entering von forests, Parks and green spaces warned: Due to the large snow load is the danger of Branches and tree crowns cancel. The city Park was blocked so completely.
+++ 15.33 PM: Around 170 trucks Federal highway in Saxony +++
block Around cars 170 load from Wednesday to Thursday, the Federal road 174 in Chemnitz blocked. As the police said, had dozens of enduring long-distance drivers overnight because of the winter weather on the road in their vehicles. In the meantime, have eased the Situation on the part of the Saxon Federal highway, police said. In total, the police registered Directorate of Chemnitz, in the period up to Thursday morning, more than 275 accidents with a total of 22 injured. Came to the kilometre-long traffic jams on the motorways a 4 and a 72. There trucks were broke down, or in road ditches slipped. In the ore mountains, many of the Federal government were also on a Thursday, and County roads due to slippery snow-and -drifts and fallen trees blocked
+++ 15.15: road salt supplies in Austria to make because of the snow difficult +++
When the current masses of Snow in Austria, many places could use road salt. But the salt supplies are, of all things, hindered by the snow. Austria’s largest supplier of Salinen Austria, headquartered in Ebensee in the middle of in the Alps because of the many blocked or out of security locked-down streets of reasons, “big delivery problems,” said saline spokeswoman Katharina Steiner, the Austrian news Agency APA.
“This is not for the entire company, but particularly for the production and the logistics are easy,” stressed the spokesperson. Moreover, because of the snow, many of the 500 or so salt-works-employees not to work.
Last Winter, had sold Salinen Austria more than 500,000 tonnes of de-icing salt. Currently, Austria has to fight, as well as Bavaria and Saxony, with large masses of Snow. In some places the snow is three feet high, in large Parts of the Alpine Republic has the highest avalanche is warning level. Several places were cut off from the outside world.
+++ 14.50 PM: Biathlon in Ruhpolding: “the world Cup is currently not in jeopardy” +++
With the helpers of the organizers to fight in front of the Biathlon world Cup in Ruhpolding, against the masses of Snow. The local Ski Club had asked in a public call to remove the snow in the Chiemgau Arena, in order not to endanger the implementation of the event in the next week. Engelbert Schweiger, the Secretary-General of the world Cup organizing Committee and head of the Chiemgau-Arena, said the “Traunsteiner Tagblatt”: “The world Cup is not currently in danger.” Schweiger added: “we are facing major logistical challenges, is not to be denied.” Currently, the Biathlon world Cup in Oberhof Station, in Ruhpolding, it then goes from the 15. January.
+++ 13.55 PM: The Outlook: the Winter of (almost) all of them – but only for a short time +++
Plenty of snow in the Alps and in the ore mountains for days – on Friday it is temporarily expected with the Winter, for (almost) all in Germany. From the North sea coast, apart, falls, according to the German weather service (DWD) in the North-Western half of Germany, first snow. “That means there are many places in the early Friday morning light snow with an appropriate smoothness,” said a meteorologist.
However, the snow will be replaced soon by rain. In the transition range from snow to rain, the threat of freezing rain and ice that still existed it was called. Only in the South can hold on to the colder air a little better, and the precipitation coming as snow. South of the river are to be expected up in the night to Saturday a few inches of new snow. In the rest of the Federal territory, the snow line rises to 600 to 800 meters.
On the weekend, there are in most Parts of Germany, therefore, instead of winter splendor, only windy and wet weather, with temperatures two to seven degrees. As in the Alps, the snow is wet, it will increase the load on roofs, trees or overhead wires. On the coasts and in the mountains-heavy squalls are on the weekend, in addition to Gale-force winds.
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snow masses pile up in Bavaria and Austria, In Styria, The danger of avalanches in the Austrian Alps, threatening evacuations
every hour, bigger, also in Bavaria, the forecasters expect even more snow. You can see the development in the Live-Tracker
DPA +++ 13.35 PM: snow chaos in Austria has been one of the first effects for tourism +++
The continuing snowfall in wide Parts of Austria have enabled the tourism industry a shock. “The day guests at the Moment are not so numerous on the slopes, on the road,” said Gernot Hörwertner, speaker of the Salzburger Land tourism, the German press Agency.
Also, according to the cable cars-Chairman of the Styrian chamber of Commerce, Fabrice Girardoni, are the days of guests the impact of the severe winter weather. The tourism coordinator of the Austrian chamber of economy of language already to a Minus of 50 percent for short-term booking requests, according to the news Agency APA reported.
most of the ski lifts remain open, the how to arrive, in some cases, but is difficult or impossible. “In the Hohe Tauern two slopes are currently open for the guests that are still there,” said the spokeswoman of tourism of Styria, Ute Hödl. The small community is already since Saturday is not accessible. According to Hödl, some tourists from Hesse persevere there, but skiing, at least. Similarly, the Planneralm: no vehicle access is possible, some of the lifts are open.
+++ 13.23 PM: Oberstdorf blocks due to avalanche danger streets to two valleys +++
Due to avalanche danger, the municipality of Oberstdorf in Bavaria access roads to two of the valleys are locked. 65 estate, including several Hotels, were affected, said the spokeswoman of the market town, Christine Uebelhör. The residents and vacationers in the stillach valley in the southern area of the Trettachtals had already been on Wednesday about the upcoming lockout-informed. Those who wished could leave it.
the valley station of the fellhorn train could not be achieved because of the blocking and had to be closed. The mountain railway operator a introduced in addition, the operation of the Oberstdorf nebelhornbahn cable car because of the weather conditions. The buildings in the two valleys are not at risk, according to the experts, only to the streets in the villages of Avalanches threatened. On Friday, the avalanche are dangerous Masses of snow are possible blown.
+++ 12.52 PM: authority: More than 60 cold dead in Ukraine +++
More than 60 people came to the Ukraine in the past weeks due to the freezing temperatures, according to official figures, killed. Due to hypothermia or frostbite, about 900 people had been brought in December to the hospital, reported local media, citing the Ministry of health. In Parts of the Eastern European country, the temperatures dropped in recent nights, up to minus 20 degrees. The authorities tried to help homeless people, by offering in tents or in public buildings, among other things, of warm tea. Last Winter, more than 160 Ukrainians froze to death. In Russia, too, there was the beginning of the year, numerous cold dead.
+++ 12 hrs: Important Federal highway in Bavaria, due to avalanche danger +++
blocked Because of the high avalanche danger for skiers and travelers important Federal road 307 is locked in upper Bavaria, part. Between the Kreuther Wildbad Kreuth and Kreuth villages of the Bavarian forest near the border to Austria is flowing there since Thursday morning, no traffic. How long the block will last is still not in sight, said a spokeswoman for the district administrative office of Miesbach. Winter athletes get on the B307 to the ski resort on the Achensee in Austria. Travelers and commuters use the highway to avoid the Inntal motorway. In the Alps, the second highest avalanche was on Thursday warning level.
++++ 11.57 PM: train services in Parts of Saxony +++
set The onset of winter has to train in the Vogtland region in Eastern Saxony in part, to a Standstill. As the countries Bahn said, on some routes, due to fallen trees and snow drifts, nothing more. The main lines of the Trilex from Bischofswerda to Zittau, and from Bischofswerda to Görlitz are falls due to Tree completely blocked. The clearing of the route to Gorlitz is difficult, as the vehicular access to the forest life was dangerous, informed the railway companies with reference to information of the fire brigade.
In the direction of Zittau drive a Erkundungszug with the saw crews to clear the path. Between Dresden and Bischofswerda, the trains would have to commute. A replacement transport is reported to be not possible, because the bus services due to weather conditions, can make no long-distance trips. How long the closures will last, was not foreseeable.
+++ 10.24 PM: police found the dead driver on the A8 +++
such As the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” reports, could mountains, the police and the German Red cross, a driver on the A8, only dead. The forces discovered night the 54-Year-old Wednesday, as the jam broke up on the A8 between Ulm-Ost, up and Mühlhausen in the valleys. Previously, the traffic standstill on this section because of the heavy snow. Despite immediate medical treatment, only the death of the 54-Year-olds. “Apparently, she was asleep and didn’t Wake up”. “We go from a medical Problem,” says the police commander, the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”.
+++ 9.52 PM: snow chaos on the A8 – hundreds of Truck and car drivers fixed +++
sat in the car, hundreds of trucks and drivers have been sitting in the night to Thursday because of snow and ice on the highway 8. From the evening, the truck had always fallen back on the snow-slick roadway to Slide and caused disabilities, said a police spokeswoman on Thursday. The traffic had come to this between Ulm and Nellingen in Baden-Württemberg to a length of about 35 kilometers to a Standstill. The jam was resolved on Thursday morning. The information, according to the police, rescue services, Technical relief and the highway maintenance Agency. The helpers distributed, among other things, Blankets and hot drinks.
+++ 4.00 PM: Several places in the Alps is not accessible +++
The persistent snow on the ends to keep the people in Bavaria and Austria, but also in the ore mountains, more in breath. Several towns are hardly or not reach – including Galtür in the Tyrol, in February 1999, is already the scene of one of the largest Avalanche accidents in the history of Austria. In the South of Bavaria, the book of settlement amount in Berchtesgaden and the municipality of Jachenau due to snow are largely cut off, but with food of a sufficient supply. Also Saxony is sinking in many places in the snow, the traffic situation is similar to chaotic as in the Alps. Carl field near Plauen was temporarily cut off from the environment, also the city center of Oberwiesenthal can be reached. Access roads to the border to the Czech Republic are as blocked reported. Many schools in the Erzgebirge of Germany will remain in this closed Thursday.
+++ 4.00 PM: railway-transported snow masses +++
The railway wanted to began in the night, including excavators and wheel loaders masses of Snow from the train Miesbach yards away, Schaftlach in Waakirchen and Schliersee, the train traffic to resume. Nevertheless, it continues to be the default, and disabilities. The current error messages out of the snow area are available on the Internet. Also, drivers need to adapt to the weather conditions, and in many places significantly slower on the road.
dho / fs / wue / fin / DPA / AFP