Status: 05.12.2023, 15:42 PM
A Lufthansa aircraft is de-iced at Munich Airport. © Matthias Schrader/AP/dpa
The winter weather continues to cause problems with trains and flights in southern Bavaria. Hundreds were stranded at Munich Airport. There is also fresh snow, freezing rain and slippery conditions in other regions.
Munich/Sehmatal - Even days after the heavy snowfall, there are still massive problems in train and air traffic in southern Bavaria on Tuesday. In several districts, students stayed at home again due to school closures. Both in the Free State and in other federal states, accidents occurred in the icy conditions.
Travelers stranded at Munich Airport
The heavy snowfall had already affected the operations of Munich Airport at the weekend - on Tuesday, the airport was again shut down for six hours until noon due to freezing rain. At 12:00 p.m., a first Lufthansa plane landed from New York, a spokesman said. Air traffic should gradually resume.
The decision to temporarily suspend operations was necessary for safety reasons. According to the information, passengers in Munich must continue to expect "massive restrictions". Even on Tuesday, hundreds of travelers were still stranded at the airport. They would be provided with food and drink.
Bavarian state government wants to deal with rail chaos
Snow and ice also further hampered traffic in southern Bavaria. Deutsche Bahn (DB) continued to experience delays, and trains were cancelled again. The number of snow ploughs has been increased since the beginning of the onset of winter, the railway said. More than 20 large machines are now on the road in the region, including snow blowers that have been relocated to Bavaria from Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.
Flight operations in Munich come to a standstill again due to freezing rain. © Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa
According to the Bavarian state government, the rail chaos of the past few days should be dealt with. The considerable effects on train and air traffic are known to everyone, "this will certainly have to be analysed in the aftermath, why there have been such considerable difficulties, especially in the area of train traffic," said State Chancellery chief Florian Herrmann (CSU) after a meeting of the cabinet in Munich.
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Slippery roads cause accidents
Slippery roads caused accidents in many regions. In Saxony-Anhalt, there were 6 ice-related accidents between 00:11 and 00:26 a.m. in the area of responsibility of the Magdeburg police inspectorate alone. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a 20-year-old truck driver veered off the road to the left on the A40 near Schönberg due to snow and slippery conditions. The A20 in the direction of Rostock was temporarily completely closed.
The German Weather Service continues to warn of black ice in many places in the coming days. © Lukas Barth/dpa
In Bavaria, two people died on the Autobahn 8 near Odelzhausen (Dachau district) when a car collided with a tractor-trailer. "At the time of the accident, the tar surface of the road was as smooth as glass due to freezing moisture," the police said. There were several accidents on the Autobahn 99 between the Munich-North and Munich-South junctions.
Risk of slippery roads still in the coming days
According to the German Weather Service (DWD), caution is also advised in some regions of Germany in wintry weather with partly freezing rain and fresh snow in the coming days. As a result, roads and pavements can become dangerously slippery again. One of the reasons for this is a low-pressure area that is slowly shifting eastwards and northeastwards from the northwest over northern Germany, explained Sabine Krüger of the DWD. Dpa