Anyone who plans to hike in the mountains this weekend should be careful. Partly unfavorable conditions prevail in the Tatras, Karkonosze and Beskids. Deterioration of the weather, snowfall and a drop in temperature are also forecast. Mountain rescuers warn.
IN Tatra Mountains from an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level, the second level of avalanche danger applies. As the rescuers of the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service write, the snow cover is generally well bound, but in places – only moderately. Avalanches can descend in the case of a large additional load. “Very large avalanches are unlikely to spontaneously descend.”
Rescuers say that the Tatra Mountains are partially unfavorable conditions. In the forest areas, the snow melts, above it is hard and slippery. Snow and strong winds are also forecast. Snow may be blown. “Moving around requires the ability to assess the local avalanche risk, the appropriate choice of route and the maintenance of elementary safety measures on all steep slopes, especially on those indicated in the avalanche report as unfavorable in terms of exposure or altitude.”
Deterioration of the weather in the Giant Mountains
At the weekend, conditions in the Giant Mountains can deteriorate significantly. Heavy snowfall is forecast in the top parts of the mountains, with up to 30 centimeters of snowfall. There is a layer of ice on the trails in places.
According to the rescuers of the Karkonosze Group of the Mountain Volunteer Rescue Service, the temperature will drop significantly over the weekend and strong winds are expected. “Conditions will definitely deteriorate and increase the risk to tourists,” they warned.
According to predictions, on Saturday in the upper parts of the Karkonosze Mountains the temperature will range from -7.4 degrees Celsius in the morning to -1 degrees Celsius during the day. Strong gusts of wind will contribute to lowering the perceived temperature. On the other hand, in the lower parts of the Karkonosze Mountains and in the area of the Jeleniogórska Valley, the temperature will range from 3 to 6 degrees Celsius.
Due to heavy cloud cover, visibility may be limited to several dozen meters in places. “Above 1,000 meters above sea level, there is a layer of ice in places, and on it from 70 to 75 cm of blown and icy snow – the trails are very slippery in places” – GOPR warned.
The second degree of avalanche danger is still in effect in the Karkonosze Mountains. Rescuers are appealing to check the availability of shelters and trails in the visited area when setting off to the mountains
Beskids. “The weather is dynamic”
Conditions on tourist trails in the Beskids are difficult, GOPR rescuers from the station in Szczyrk announced on Saturday. It’s slippery. There is a lot of slush in the lower parts, and there is icing in the upper parts. Rescuers warned that the weather could be dynamic.
“The conditions on the trails are difficult. There is no snow in the lower parts, but there is slush. It is very slippery. It was frozen at the top. On Saturday morning the temperature in Szczyrk was 3 degrees. 2 degrees on Klimczok and Markowe Szczawiny to -5 degrees on Hala Miziowa Visibility was very good, but this may change, because “the weather is dynamic” – announced the rescuers of Grupa Beskidzka GOPR from the station in Szczyrk.
In Szczyrk, the snow lies in flakes. The thickness of the cover in Leskowiec is 25 cm, in Klimczok – 50 cm, in Hala Miziowa – 65 cm, and at the shelter in Markowe Szczawiny – 82 cm.
Rescuers warned that in the current conditions the hike is very difficult. A tourist who had to be evacuated from the vicinity of Sucha Góra in the Żywiec Beskids found out about it. “The tourist exhausted his body, hypothermia occurred. He was evacuated” – the rescuers said.
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, the so-called Perć Akademików, is closed until further notice, which is only used to climb Babia Góra.
When going to the mountains, you should be well prepared. Thermal protection is essential. You need to bring a supply of warm liquids, clothing appropriate for the season, and appropriate footwear. Poles help you maintain your balance. Tourists who go on a trip should have a charged mobile phone with the “Ratunek” application and a power bank.
In the event of an accident, GOPR can be called by calling the free emergency telephone number: 985 or 601 100 300.
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