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Liberec – Road officials in the Liberec region closed the busy road I/10 from Tanvald to Harrachov and beyond for trucks over 3.5 tons from 06:00 due to heavy snowfall to Poland. Buses and cars pass through here. The restriction should be in place until midnight on Sunday. Depending on the state of traffic and the development of the weather, the closing date may change, Ondřej Svoboda from the company Silnice LK, which is in charge of the roads in the Liberec region, told ČTK.
Following this measure, according to Svoboda, all road markings were activated. “The recommended alternative route for trucks is through the Hrádek nad Nisou border crossing on road 35. We appeal to truck drivers to use the alternative route during the closure and not to try to drive through the closed section,” he emphasized. Meteorologists expect heavy snowfall, up to 60 centimeters of snow may fall in the Jizerské hory and Krkonoše mountains at the weekend, and they also warn of the possible formation of snow tongues, frost and ice.
The eighteen-kilometer section of the road from Tanvald to Harrachov has in recent years freight transport, with the exception of buses, closes every time there is heavy snowfall. A single stranded truck is enough to block the road there. The closure of the route to Poland through the Krkonoše is indicated by variable traffic signs, the construction of which has invested more than ten million crowns. Motorists can already see the signs on the main routes in Příšovice, Jablonec nad Nisou or Vratislavice.
It is snowing in the Liberec region, in lower areas the snowfall turns into rain and snow. Even on the main routes there are remnants of snow and they can slide. Truck drivers should be careful, especially on inclines. Temperatures in the region range from minus two to three degrees, but according to meteorologists, it will get colder and snow will fall throughout the region. The wind will also strengthen, and in the mountains it can exceed 70 kilometers per hour in gusts. Snow tongues can thus form.