In Bavaria, snowfall leads to hundreds of accidents, 14 people are injured. Classes are also canceled in several regions. Parts of Germany will continue to struggle with snow and heavy gusts of wind in the next few days - not only in the south.
Heavy snowfall on Friday night led to a large number of accidents in parts of southern and eastern Bavaria and hampered morning commuter traffic. There were a few accidents, especially in eastern Bavaria, but they were largely minor. The police headquarters in Oberpfalz alone reported almost 600 weather-related operations in the morning. There were 109 accidents with property damage. In 14 cases, people were slightly injured. Several streets had to be completely or partially closed.
The Ministry of Education canceled school classes in the Lower Bavarian districts of Freyung-Grafenau and Regen and in the district of Cham (Upper Palatinate) on Thursday evening due to the heavy snowfall. In the districts of Straubing-Bogen and Deggendorf, there are no classes in the communities north of the Danube or in Deggendorf itself. In eastern Bavaria, the railway lines between Lam and Cham and between Cham and Waldmünchen were also closed.
According to ntv meteorologist Björn Alexander, Friday will continue during the day with strong to stormy gusts and gusts of wind in the south-east, north and east. Heavy gusts of wind of up to 100 kilometers per hour are preferred in the direction of the Baltic Sea and on the mountains. In the Alps, the avalanche danger will reach warning level 5 out of 5 in the coming days.
According to Alexander, the weekend will start off more calmly at first. On Sunday, however, the next low with stormy gusts is said to be approaching: "There is another threat of severe gusts of wind on the coast – the risk of storm surges also remains. And on the mountains, further snowdrifts and sometimes winter road conditions can be expected."