Heavy snow has caused major disruption in the Czech Republic, leaving approximately 30,000 homes without power.
Up to 20cm of fresh snow was reported in some locations, forcing highways to close and disrupting flights into and out of Vaclav Havel, Prague’s international airport. A number of flights had to be diverted to other airports.
Strong winds accompanied the snow, with a gust of 145 kilometres per hour reported in Pribyslav, about 120km southeast of the capital, Prague.
The storm pulled down numerous trees, which resulted in the closure of roads and train lines.
The city of Kladno, just to the west of Prague, declared a state of emergency, according to Czech television.
The snowstorm also affected neighbouring Germany, where organisers were forced to cancel the last World Cup skiing race before the world championships.
A men’s giant slalom at Garmisch-Partenkirchen was called off amid relentless snow, a day after a downhill race had to be cancelled for the same reason.
Skiing’s governing body was looking to reschedule the events after the February 5-17 world championships, which begin on Tuesday in Are, Sweden.
The storm has now cleared away from the region and temperatures are expected to slowly rise during the coming week.
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- Official Met Office figures for snowfall on Tuesday showed the worst-hit areas were Tulloch Bridge, Inverness-shire, with 11cm, and Spadeadam, Cumbria, with 10cm.
- The airports urged people to check the status of their flight before travelling after the Met Office said Britain was facing “very significant” snowfall this week.
- Manchester and Liverpool airports have temporarily halted flights due to the severe weather, with images posted to social media showing both runways blanketed in snow.
- Schools in Manchester and Liverpool have reported closures today as the freezing temperatures set in.
- Parts of Wales have been affected by the wintry conditions, especially as more than 100 schools have been forced to close.
- The Met Office has issued an updated yellow weather warning for snow and ice on Thursday and Friday.
- The forecaster is now warning of more snow and ice between 1pm on Thursday and 9pm on Friday across much of England and Wales.
- Around 2,400 soldiers are said to be poised to assist following warnings “dangerous weather” will cut power supplies and leave people in rural communities snowed in.