Friday, December 17, 2010

Blizzard slams Germany

The blizzard “Petra” hammered Germany with more snow overnight, causing three auto accident deaths, forcing airports to cancel flights and creating havoc for commuters on Friday morning.

The German Weather Service (DWD) said severe storm warnings remained in effect for the states of Saxony and Baden-Württemberg.

But even in regions where the heavy snowfall was expected to ease, the situation for roads, rails and airports was chaotic, authorities said.

In North Rhine-Westphalia police placed a ban on any trucks over 7.5 tonnes overnight after dozens became mired down in snow and ice. In the Bergisches Land region some 50 trucks were reportedly parked in a row on the A4 motorway, while autobahns near Cologne, Dortmund and Münster were closed.

Traffic jams of up to 40 kilometres formed in the state, with rescue workers providing hot drinks and blankets for chilly drivers.

By morning the truck ban had been lifted in most areas, but treacherous ice near Münster would keep the vehicles of the road indefinitely, authorities said.

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Just hope that my flights to Phnom Penh will leave tomorrow in time and without any problems...

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