Heavy snowfall and flooding are likely to appear in the following days, meteorologists warn

On Friday morning, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) warned of heavy snowfall affecting the western part of Bohemia. A warning of rising river levels is in force on some rivers in the South Bohemia and Pilsen regions.

The heavy snowfall warning is in force from 6 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Saturday. Drivers and pedestrians should be alert in the Rakovník district in the Central Bohemia Region, Pilsen Region, and the Karlovy Vary Region.

“Roads may be impassable. It is advisable to consider the possibility of a sudden drop in visibility and the sudden formation of snow cover, adjust driving speed accordingly,” the Czech Hydrometeorological Office said.

Meteorologists warn that 7 to 15 cm of new snow could fall in the Pilsen, Karlovy Vary, and Ústí regions by Saturday morning. “Complications are expected in walking outdoors, transport, supplies, etc. In the case of wet snow, damage to trees and forest vegetation, power line wires, and power outages may occur,” they said.

The first (lowest) level of flood activity on some streams is then in effect until noon on Saturday. The levels of some rivers in southern Bohemia around Prachatice, Strakonice, and Vimperk and around Horažďovice and Sušice in the Pilsen region may rise.