A Deeper Look at the Snow Situation in Dubrovnik

By , 11 Jan 2017, 13:21 PM Travel
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While images of unusual snowfall in destinations like Dubrovnik make for great social media sharing, there is another side to the story. How does a local population not used to the freezing conditions and white gifts from the sky deal with the situation. Lauren Simmonds on the situation in Dubrovnik on January 11, 2017.

So, snow has fallen on rooftops of the Pearl of the Adriatic turning them from red to white and residents are in awe of the bijelo govno (look that up, I apologise in advance for what you find). While snow did fall in 2012, it hasn't fallen like this in Dubrovnik since 2009, the year of Rihanna and Stjepan Mesic (two people you never thought you'd see in the same sentence).

Shock closely follows snow in Dubrovnik, with gasps of ''ajme'' following the descent of each snowflake. Of course, I was raised in northern Europe and my mentality towards it is a little different, but for the other sun loving, coffee drinking Mediterranean minded residents, life can become a lot more difficult when Jack Frost decides to pay a visit. With an already slippery smooth Stradun ''being turned into Nottingham'' for Mr DiCaprio's new Robin Hood blockbuster, (you can read about that here) how are Dubrovnik and it's oh so unprepared residents dealing with the grand entrance of the white stuff?

Traffic:

Throughout the course of this morning, numerous traffic incidents were reported in the local media and radio, one of which involving several vehicles. Thankfully, no injuries of any kind have been reported as yet. Roads are always a bit of an issue in the city, either you can't move on them or you're moving too quickly, involuntarily.

Public transport:

The Libertas city bus service has given up entirely on its timetable, with lines running at random throughout the blanketed city. Not everyone is irritated with this, children who have decided to take the day off school are rejoicing and making snowmen, some for the first time in their lives.

Air traffic:

There seems to be little issue with the airport following the problems encountered with rerouted flights a few days ago, and despite normal delays, all service is reported to be running as usual.

With that covered, how is the Average Joe getting on with it all?

Unfortunately, plummeting temperatures and frost caused many pipes to crack and even burst over the previous few days, resulting in enormous problems to residents and buildings alike, with some justifiably angry residents reporting still not having running/hot water in their properties. The dense forests and mountains of Konavle and the entire local area (Zupanija) have turned white. You can imagine the ice rink that Stradun will soon become with the fall and subsequent freezing of the snow. I would imagine slips, bruises and doctors visits are to follow any attempt at careless running (along with some fail videos on YouTube, of course).

If you're in Dubrovnik, make sure to take extra caution when climbing all those stairs and remember to stay warm.

More on Dubrovnik's snow situation will follow as information comes in...

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Croatia Traffic Info

  • Due to strong wind passenger traffic is allowed only: -on the A1 motorway between Sveti Rok and Posedarje junctions (detour: DC50/DC27 state roads through Gračac and Obrovac), -on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Kikovica and Delnice (detour: DC3 state road), -on the DC8 Adriatic road from Karlobag to Sveta Marija Magdalena, -on the DC54 Maslenica-Zaton Obrovački state road, -on the DC27 Gračac-Zaton Obrovački state road. On the part of the DC8 Adriatic road Senj-Karlobag there is a traffic ban on: doubledeckers, trailers and motorcycles, from Bakar to Senj on the DC8 and on the A7 motorway between Draga and Šmrika junctions on delivery vans and freight vehicles with covered cargo area too. Due to fog visibility is reduced in the central and eastern parts of Croatia as well as in Gorski kotar mountain area - on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway between Bosiljevo and Ravna Gora junctions. It is occasionally snowing in the area of Zagreb. The roads are wet and very slippery because of low temperatures, especially bridges and viaducts. Rock and land sliding is possible on the DC8 Adriatic road and on the DC1 state road. Drivers are invited to keep distance, to adjust the speed to road conditions and not to start the journey without the winter equipment. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Until 28 January 8am-3pm traffic is occasionally suspended on the DC8 Adriatic road at Rokića part in Šibenik, detour: Vidici junction-Dumbočica tunnel-Dubrava-Meterize junction. Due to winter driving conditions there is a traffic ban on freight vehicles with trailers and all other vehicles have to use the winter equipment on the following roads of Lika mountain area:-DC42 at Poljanak and on the section Josipdol-Saborsko, -DC218 Užljebić border crossing-Donji Lapac-Dobroselo-Mazin-Bruvno, -ŽC5169 Bjelopolje-Donji Lapac, ŽC5199 Šušanj-Štirovača, ŽC59125 Perušić-Čanak, -regional and local roads in Lika/Senj county, regional and local roads in the area of Perušić and Sveti Rok. Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing till 15 March, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor; -on the DC34 Valpovo-Josipovac state road; -on the DC64 state road on the section Kršan-Vozilići, detour: Kršan-Nedešćina-Štrmac; -on the DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko state road; -on the DC228 Jurovski Brod-Ozalj-Karlovac state road at Ozalj; -on the DC303 Brajkovići-Kanfanar junction state road till 2 February. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road at Tušilović; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC303 Rovinjsko Selo-Brajkovići-Kurili state road. 15 November 2016-15 April 2017 winter equipment is mandatory on the winter sections of the state roads in Croatia (it includes four winter tyres or four summer tyres with chains ready for use).
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  • In the outbound freight traffic there are delays at Pasjak and Bajakovo (the queue is 1 km long). Due to roadworks at Županja and Slavonski Brod border crossings delays can be expected. At Harmica border crossing traffic is allowed for vehicles up to 7,5 tonnes only.
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  • Lopar-Valbiska ferry does not operate. All other ferries operate regularly.
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