Rare winter storms come in the Czech Republic

On Wednesday evening, so-called winter storms swept through the Czech Republic. These are unusual for our area, according to meteorologist Dagmar Honsová.

On Wednesday evening, winter snow storms occurred in the Czech Republic—over 500 lightning discharges were recorded—from Karlovy Vary through central Bohemia, Prague, and the Vysočina region, Honsová said.

She added that the storms were accompanied by heavy precipitation, which reduced visibility, and wind gusts reached speeds of around 70 km/h, with wind gusts in Ústí nad Labem even reaching 86 km/h.

“In the Czech Republic, winter thunderstorms are relatively rare and occur most often at the transition of cold fronts,” the meteorologist described.

She mentioned that winter storms occurred in the Czech Republic on January 21, 2020, February 3, 2019, or December 22, 2018. However, they can also be traced in chronicles, e.g., on January 28, 1517, there was a winter storm accompanied by hail and strong winds.

“More storms may occur in our area on Friday,” she concluded.

On Wednesday evening, for example, a storm in the Highlands stopped traffic on the D1 motorway, with trucks stuck between kilometers 99 and 76 in the direction of Prague. In Prague, firefighters cleared fallen trees.