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Inversion in the mountains. In the Tatra Mountains we have an avalanche “two”

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There are difficult conditions for tourism in the Tatra Mountains, avalanche warning number two is in force. There is a slight inversion on the peaks, which means that it is colder in the valleys than on the peaks.

IN Tatra Mountains, above 1,700 meters above sea level, the second, moderate level of avalanche danger applies. There was a slight inversion on the peaks on Monday, which means it’s colder in the valleys than on the peaks. On Kasprowy Wierch, the thermometers showed -10 degrees Celsius in the morning, meanwhile in Zakopane it was -11 degrees Celsius. “There is fresh snow on the trails, and the paths above the upper forest boundary are invisible. An additional difficulty in the ridge parts is the low cloud ceiling, limiting visibility. Strong winds have created deep snowdrifts in places. There is ice under the layer of snow. Navigating in such conditions requires experience, the ability to assess the local avalanche risk and adapting the route to the current conditions,” inform the Tatra National Park services.

Avalanche “two”

TPN reminds that when going to higher parts of the mountains, it is necessary to have winter tourist equipment such as: crampons, ice ax, helmet and avalanche ABC – i.e. an avalanche detector, probe and shovel. On montane trails, anti-slip grips and poles may be necessary. Avalanche “two” means that an avalanche can be triggered with a large additional load, especially on steep slopes. Smaller avalanches are possible on their own.

The second avalanche danger level also applies in the Karkonosze Mountains and Babia Góra.

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