Updated January 11, 2019 at 09:33
In the Alps, the situation remains tense due to the winter weather. The trains are stationary, the truck drivers are stuck in traffic jams at night, the villages are cut off from the outside world – in many places, the winter weather is a state of emergency. All weather information in Austria and Bavaria can be found here in our live update.
The people of Bavaria and Austria continue to struggle with the adversities of the winter. According to the German meteorological service, snow must be expected at least about the middle of next week, particularly in the Alpine region. Moreover, especially motorists should expect softness.
09:23 clock: numerous flights to Munich and Frankfurt canceled
On the Munich and Frankfurt airports, a hundred flights were canceled on Friday due to the winter weather. Because it should snow more heavily and be smooth, in Frankfurt about every tenth flight connection has been canceled, a spokesman said. Overall, around 120 flights were hit.
Although the weather in the morning was quieter than expected and the snow turned into rain, the cancellations of various airlines should ensure smooth operations in flight operations, the spokesman continued. However, no major delays are expected for the remaining 1,160 flights scheduled for Friday. Takeoffs and landings are possible in safety, taking into account precautionary measures related to weather conditions, said the spokesperson.
Updated information on the Munich airport website
Updated information on the website of the Frankfurt airport
08:51 clock: motorists stuck at night on A8
On the A8 motorway, drivers must spend hours in traffic jams during heavy snowfall at night. Red Cross rescuers and the Technical Assistance and Work Agency provided hot drinks to those stranded on the completely enclosed highway in the Chiemsee area. The highway had to be completely closed after several accidents, there remained a number of trucks. Friday morning, the situation has calmed down.
08:22 clock: The car slips into the oncoming traffic – Several injured
Several people were injured in an accident involving four cars on a slippery road in the East of Hesse. According to a spokesman for the police headquarters in Eastern Assia, the cause of the accident was traveling too fast on Friday according to the initial results and was forfeited in oncoming traffic. How many people were injured in the Fulda district, it was not yet clear in the morning. But it was a matter of minor wounds. The main road was temporarily closed at times, the recovery work lasted almost two hours. In the beginning, "Hessenschau" reported to us.
08:07 clock: notice of entering snow-covered forests in southern Germany
Entering the snow-covered forests in southern Germany can currently put life at risk. This was underlined by the Association of German Forest Owners' Associations. President Philipp Freiherr zu Guttenberg told the newspaper "Bild" (Friday): "At the moment we do not have a serious estimate of the damage, because we strongly warn our members and the population not to go to the forest.
The damage to the German forests is already visible, said zu Guttenberg, who is also vice president of the European Forest Owners Association. "However, because of the huge amount of heavy and wet snow, serious damage already occurs, the numerous snowfalls leave individual trees like matches or simply fall because of the high snow load to be faced."
08:00 clock: people are stuck on A8
Hundreds of trucks and motorists got stuck on the A8 on Thursday night due to snowfall and slipperiness. The traffic had therefore stopped between Ulm and Nellingen in Baden-Württemberg for a length of about 35 kilometers.
In uncertain traffic, a 54-year-old woman died near Dornstadt. According to police reports, she was stuck in traffic and sat alone in her vehicle. The cause of death has been clarified, a police spokesman said. A crime excludes the police.
Clock 07:50: disaster in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen
Due to the heavy snowfalls from late Thursday evening in the southern Bavarian district of the Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen disaster. In addition to the community, Jachenau now has more communities in the snow circle to fight, the district office said at night. There are big problems with access roads and snow loads on roofs. Bad Tölz Wolfratshausen is after the Miesbach, Berchtesgadener Land and Traunstein circles, the fourth district in Bavaria, where the disaster was proclaimed.
"The Civil Protection Authority is now coordinating the operations of the relief and emergency services and other departments and may also request additional assistance, such as from the Bundeswehr, if necessary," said the administrator of the district Josef Niedermaier.
7:30 am: the danger of avalanches in the Bavarian Alps is sinking
The danger of avalanches has fallen in many parts of the Bavarian Alps in the opinion of experts. For this Friday, the Bayern avalanche service in Munich classified the danger only to the Berchtesgaden Alps as large, which is the second highest of five danger levels. For the rest of the Alps there is a considerable danger, namely the alarm level 3.
In recent days, experts have taken a serious threat of avalanches across the country, equivalent to level 4. However, they have continued to warn: "Due to the potential of wide avalanches, mountain activities currently require more caution. and a deliberate choice of the route ".
The main danger is therefore represented by large or very large snow and slab avalanches, which can be solved with fresh snow on the old snowpack and reinforced by the light of the Friday sun. The outgoing avalanches could penetrate deeper into the lane on deeper layers of snow and penetrate into the valleys. Even nearby traffic and hiking trails under the tree line are at risk. "Accumulations of drift snow are covered by fresh snow and hard to recognize," he said.
Since Wednesday evening, information has fallen in the Bavarian Alpine region and has reached 50 centimeters of fresh snow. This is located freely on an old snowpack, which sits slowly at low temperatures up to minus 20 degrees on the Zugspitze. (Arg / szu)
With dpa / AFP material
Snow, snow and even more snow: many parts of Germany and Austria are sinking more and more into white. The masses of snow are enormous, as the images show. (KAD)
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