Freezing rain forces Munich Airport to suspend all flights on Tuesday morning

Munich Airport suspended all flights on Tuesday morning due to freezing rain, this comes after flight operations were also halted last Saturday due to heavy snowfall.

Flight disruptions: All flights were either canceled or postponed between 6 a.m. and noon and many flights scheduled for later in the day might also be affected.
* The airport, Germany’s second-biggest, announced the temporary shutdown on Monday night due to weather forecasts.
* “The operating areas will be de-iced in the first half of the day. The plan is to allow air traffic to resume from midday,” the airport stated.

Road and Rail Impact: The severe weather conditions also affected road traffic and train connections.
* Two people died in a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer on the A8 highway in Upper Bavaria due to frozen rain on the highway’s surface.
* Rail services to the Austrian cities of Salzburg and Innsbruck, as well as Zurich in Switzerland, remained suspended. Deutsche Bahn predicted disruptions would last for several days, and urged passengers to postpone non-essential travel.

Broader impact: Southern Germany, as well as neighboring Austria and Switzerland, have been experiencing heavy snowfall which has affected public transport across the region and led to avalanche warnings.

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