Cars drive along the road from Vrchlabí to Špindlerův Mlýn, February 25, 2023, Trutnovsko.
Liberec/Ústí nad Labem – In the mountains of northern Bohemia, up to 30 cm of snow fell over the weekend and snow showers are still appearing. Due to the snow, road 10 from Tanvald to Harrachov and on to Poland remains closed in Jabloneck for freight traffic over 3.5 tons. Road officials in Liberecka will close the third-class road from Mníšek via Oldřichovské sedlo to Raspenava and Hejnice from 19:00 for trucks over six tons, they originally intended to close it from midnight. Ondřej Svoboda from the company Silnice LK, which is in charge of the roads in the Liberec region, told ČTK.
While the restrictions on the main route 10 to Harrachov and Poland should end at midnight tonight, the road closure through Oldřichovské sedlo will last until further notice. The communication leads through a protected area and you can't salt there, so it slips very quickly. There have been several traffic accidents there today as well. The road had been closed since January 18, and could only be opened again on February 13, when the snow had melted during the frost. Due to the intense snowfall, the road workers are now closing it again. Truck drivers will have to drive to Raspenava and Hejnice on road 13, which is maintained chemically.
An eighteen-kilometer section from Tanvald to Harrachov and on to Poland is closed until midnight today for freight traffic over 3.5 tons. “The recommended alternative route for trucks is through the Hrádek nad Nisou border crossing on road 35,” added Svoboda. In recent years, the road has been closed for freight traffic, with the exception of buses, every time it snows heavily, and a single stuck truck is enough to block it. Traffic signs in Příšovice, Jablonec nad Nisou or Vratislavice already warn of the restrictions.
In the north of Bohemia today, it was mostly cloudy to overcast and there were snow showers throughout the day. However, the meteorologists expect them at night and on Monday, it should snow mainly in the mountains. In addition, temperatures can drop to minus ten degrees and roads can freeze. Drivers should be careful not only on roads of lower classes, where salt is not used, but also on main roads, because salt loses its effectiveness at such low temperatures.