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Gusts on Śnieżka reached almost 200 kilometers per hour. Situation in Polish mountains

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The weekend brought us difficult weather conditions. Violent phenomena did not bypass the Polish mountains – on Saturday morning Śnieżka blew at a speed of almost 200 kilometers per hour, it was also dangerous on Kasprowy Wierch. With the arrival of a warmer front, the temperature increased, which contributed to an increase in the avalanche risk in the Tatras. Mountain trips are also not recommended in the Beskids and Karkonosze.

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According to Barbara Wrzesińska, the weather forecaster on duty at the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management – National Research Institute, that night an extremely strong wind blew both in the north and in the south of the country. – Tonight the strongest wind was on Śnieżka, where the wind speed reached 55 meters per second, i.e. 198 kilometers per hour. A very strong wind was also blowing on the coast. Here, the highest readings of the night indicated 125 km/h. On Kasprowy it was about 110 km/h, and in the interior of the country there were gusts of 80 km/h – she said.

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Gusty wind in the Karkonosze National ParkKarkonosze National Park/Facebook

Gusty wind in the Karkonosze Mountains

There are difficult weather conditions in the Karkonosze Mountains on Saturday. The wind is blowing strong, it is snowing with rain. Visibility is very limited. Going to the upper parts of the mountains is not recommended.

The Karkonosze Mountain Rescue Service warns tourists against difficult conditions on the trails, especially in the upper parts, where a very strong wind still blows – there is a gale, blowing snow and blizzards form.

Rainfall, sleet and snowfall continue, and only in the top parts of the mountains snow, where an increase in snow cover of over 10 cm was recorded.

The temperature is -2.9 degrees Celsius, but due to the strong wind it feels colder. Cloudiness is high, there are fogs – visibility is very poor. Some trails are still closed.

Anyone who is going to the mountains must be well prepared. Thermal protection is essential. You need to take with you a supply of warm liquids, clothing adequate to the season, appropriate footwear – sometimes it may also be necessary to use crampons. Poles help you maintain your balance. Tourists who go on a trip should have a charged mobile phone with the “Rescue” application and a powerbank – appeal mountain services.

In the event of an accident, GOPR can be called by calling the free emergency telephone number: 985 or 601 100 300.

Kasprowy Wierch – Goryczkowa Valley. 02/18/23camera.topr.pl

As reported by TVN24 reporter Maciej Stasiński, on Kasprowy Wierch the wind calmed down enough for the queue to move again.

– On the website of Polskie Koleje Linowe there is information that the railway may stop working at any time due to strong wind, which now reaches a speed of over 60 kilometers per hour. Due to strong winds, the chairlifts in Kotło Goryczkowy and Gąsienicowe are closed. This is of course bad news for skiers, because you can’t go crazy there. The wind, on the other hand, had abated considerably, although it was blowing in Tatra Mountains very hard,” he said on the air.

As the weather changed, the temperature began to rise.

– It got quite wet, in the Tatras, due to the fact that the snow became heavy, the third degree of avalanche danger was announced, which is significant, and you have to be very careful in the higher parts of the Tatras – added the reporter.

Valley of Five Polish Ponds – Buczynowa Valley. 02/18/23camera.topr.pl

Windy in the Tatras

Windy in the TatrasTVN24

Avalanche “two” in the Beskids

The conditions on the tourist trails in the Beskids were described as difficult by the rescuers of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service on Saturday. The temperature was positive and the clouds were full. In the higher parts of the mountains in the morning a fairly strong wind was blowing.

“The conditions on the trails are difficult. In the morning it was the coldest in Klimczok, Markowe Szczawiny and Hala Miziowa, where the thermometers showed 1 degree Celsius. In Leskowiec it was 3 degrees, in Szczyrk – 5. Visibility was generally good. The thickness of the snow cover in Szczyrk is 5 centimeters, 50 cm in Leskowiec, 70 cm in Klimczok, and 100 cm at the shelter in Markowe Szczawiny and Hala Miziowa.

In the area of ​​Babia Góra, there is a second degree of avalanche danger. It is especially dangerous under terrain breaks, in hollows, ravines and gullies. Triggering an avalanche is usually possible with a high additional load, especially on steep slopes. Moving around requires the ability to assess the local avalanche risk, choose the right route and maintain elementary safety measures on all steep slopes.

The yellow trail is closed until further notice, the so-called Perć Akademików, which is used only for approaching Babia Góra.

avalanchesAdam Ziemienowicz/PAP

Marking of hiking trailsPAP/Maria Samczuk

Main photo source: Karkonosze National Park/Facebook

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