In the Tatras, there is a third, significant avalanche risk. There is over 100 centimeters of snow in places. The Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service raised the degree on Tuesday afternoon due to the heavy snowfall that has occurred in recent days. Rescuers call for resignation from going to the mountains on trails located above the Tatra shelters.
According to the Tatra Volunteer Rescue Service, the avalanche “three” applies in Tatra Mountains from an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. There is 104 centimeters of snow on Kasprowy Wierch. In Zakopane 30 cm of snow cover has arrived.
Tatras. Avalanche “three”
The third degree of avalanche risk, i.e. significant, means that the snow cover on many steep slopes is moderately or weakly connected to the ground. Triggering an avalanche is possible even with a small additional load, especially on steep slopes. In certain situations, large and in some cases even very large avalanches can occur spontaneously.
As we read in the message prepared by TOPR, due to the forecast snowfall from 10 to 20 cm, with very strong winds, avalanche conditions will deteriorate. The danger is also created by snow freshly blown on the old frozen ground, creating a sliding layer. “Tourist conditions are largely unfavorable. Moving requires a lot of experience and skills, as well as having a very high ability to assess the local avalanche risk. Steep slopes, especially those indicated in the avalanche report as unfavorable in terms of exposure or height, should be avoided. It is necessary to maintain elementary security measures,” the avalanche message reads.
Difficult trail conditions
The services of the Tatra National Park warn that the conditions for tourism in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains are very difficult. The snow cover is highly differentiated. Freshly fallen snow covers all trails, and their course is invisible. The wind created very deep drifts in places, especially under rock faces and in concave formations.
Difficulties on Podhale roads
Heavy snowfall caused major difficulties on Podhale roads. The Zakopane police recorded 10 collisions on Tuesday morning. The roads are very slippery and the vehicles for winter road maintenance could not keep up with snow removal.
Traffic on the roads around Zakopane was slowed down. Many tourists who came to Taty for the holidays did not change their tires to winter ones. The line of cars stood, among others, on the uphill stretches towards Bukowina Tatrzańska. There was also a collision on the Zakopianka section New marketplace – Buried. In the vicinity of Nowy Targ, a passenger car drove into a roadside ditch. There was also a significant traffic slowdown on the mountain section of Zakopianka between Klikuszowa and Rdzawka. On the provincial road No. 969, on the section Nowy Targ – Stary Sącz, trucks had problems on the driveways. The trucks were parked in the driveway to the Snozka Pass.
Main photo source: PAP/Grzegorz Momot