Black Ice to Form on Roads Across the Czech Republic This Sunday

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On Sunday afternoon, a strong black ice will form again on the roads of the Czech Republic. It will be particularly bad in the East. In southern Moravia, in the Zlín region, and parts of the regions of Olomouc, Pardubice, and Vysočina, meteorologists have announced a high risk of danger. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute have instated this warning until noon on Monday. People should not be on the roads during this time. 

The extreme weather in the Czech Republic is due to a very cold frontal system progressing through Central Europe to the east. It will be accompanied mainly by rainfall, which will turn to ice in the north-eastern parts of Bohemia, in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, in Moravia, and in Silesia.  “In the area of the Bohemian-Moravian highlands and Moravia, the black ice will be formed for a longer time, so its thickness will probably exceed 5mm,” said meteorologists. 

A warning of black ice has also been announced in other parts of the country, but there is only a low risk of danger. This includes regions such as Královéhradecký, Liberecký, Moravskoslezský and parts of the regions of Central Bohemia, South Bohemia, Olomouc and Vysočina.

The alert for black ice has been given from Sunday at 18:00 until Monday morning. 

Stay Indoors 

Meteorologists point out that there is a high risk of accidents in areas with black ice. “It is advisable not to drive at all. If you have to leave the house, do so with a great deal of caution,” they said. 

If the rainfall persists, ice can also form on trees, masts, and power lines. Trees and branches may break, and electricity supply outages are likely to occur in this case. 

Current alerts are published on the CHMI website. 

Author: Holly Webb


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