Heavy snowfall caused major disruption in many European countries on Saturday. Air and train traffic in particular has been disrupted in many places. Air traffic at Munich airport was suspended on Saturday.
So far, half of the more than seven hundred scheduled flights to and from Munich have been canceled.
An airport spokesperson says there will probably be no flights until 12 noon. Flights from the airport in southern Germany – the second busiest in the country – were also delayed on Friday. Flights were also canceled at that time.
The snow is also causing major disruptions to public transport in the state of Bavaria, especially the capital Munich. Train traffic to and from Munich Central Station has virtually come to a standstill. In Munich and Ulm, stranded passengers had to spend the night on trains.
Due to the heavy snowfall, the Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin has also been canceled. It is not considered safe to allow supporters to come to the Allianz Arena due to the weather conditions.
Also nuisance in Austria, Switzerland and the UK
Austria and Switzerland also experience nuisance. About 50 centimeters of snow fell in some places during the night from Friday to Saturday. In Austria, an avalanche warning applies to the western states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg. In Switzerland, the warning applies to Graubünden, in the east, and Valais, in the south.
Like Germany, both countries suffer from problems on the roads and railways. The Austrian traffic service ÖAMTC mainly reports traffic problems north and east of the Alps. Many main roads are difficult to pass and there are traffic jams and accidents.
In the United Kingdom there is a warning about possible nuisance. Code yellow applies in parts of England and Scotland due to snow and slippery conditions. Glasgow airport closed on Saturday morning due to heavy snowfall overnight, but air traffic resumed the same morning.
Germany has been struggling with snow nuisance for a week
Germany is struggling with snow nuisance this week. According to the German weather service, bad weather will mainly affect the southeast of the country on Saturday: the second highest weather warning applies there.
In the south and southeast it will continue to snow until the afternoon or evening on Saturday. The intensity will decrease “slowly,” according to the weather service.
Two people have already died as a result of snowfall in southeastern Germany earlier this week. A 71-year-old man lost control of his car in the state of Baden-Württemberg on Monday evening and drove into an oncoming vehicle. A 54-year-old driver died in an accident in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
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