Around heidelberg alone, the police recorded 42 weather-related accidents with four minor injuries. There were also crashes on bavaria’s roads, with more than 50 people injured in several hundred accidents. Meanwhile, no planes were able to land at vienna airport. In the coming days it should remain frosty cold.
In central franconia alone, there were more than 260 weather-related accidents in just under 20 hours. In the bavarian upper palatinate, the police paid 57 accidents within five hours. Several trucks were stuck on an incline on the A93, so that the highway had to be completely closed for a short time.
In saxony-anhalt, there was a huge crash in the night to thursday. Three trucks and a car became wedged together on the autobahn near bernburg. A truck driver was seriously injured. In the schwabisch-hall district (baden-wurttemberg), a car transporter ran off the road and had to be lifted out of a ditch with a crane on thursday.
The airport in basel was closed on thursday evening due to snowfall. Take-offs and landings were therefore not possible until probably 5 a.M. On friday morning, it said on the website. Passengers were called to contact their airline directly.
For safety reasons, no more planes were able to land at vienna airport after mid-morning. Arriving flights were diverted to graz and linz, the airport announced. Departures were sometimes completely canceled or had to be postponed for hours.
Russia is particularly hard hit by the permafrost. The number of cold deaths there has now risen to at least 177. Since the beginning of the unusually cold winter, some 3700 people in the world’s largest country have had to receive medical treatment for hypothermia, a spokesman for the authorities told the interfax agency. Most of the victims were in the chelyabinsk region on the urals, about 1500 kilometers east of moscow. Minus 22 degrees were measured there on thursday.
Icy cold and a light blanket of snow have transformed the harz into a dreamlike winter landscape. The first ski lifts were in operation, but winter sports got off to a slow start, said eva christin ronkainen, spokeswoman for the harz tourism association, in goslar, lower saxony. About two-thirds of the toboggan runs are still impassable, alpine athletes had to make do with artificial snow in some places.
In germany, even in the next few days, the snow cover will not thaw for the time being. It may only be quite dark in the north, but even there there is still a lot to come. In southern germany, low "feodor" had dumped up to 20 centimeters of new snow by thursday morning, said meteorologist dorothea paetzold of the german weather service (DWD). High "bianca" over southern scandinavia is responsible for the snowfall, bringing cold air from the northeast to germany and causing repeated snow showers.
Although new precipitation fronts were approaching from the west, "the snow cover acts like a cold accumulator," said paetzold. The fronts will therefore bring not rain, but new snow. With a few exceptions – for example on the upper rhine – permafrost prevails everywhere; at night, values drop to minus 10 or even minus 15 degrees in some regions of southern and eastern germany.