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 on the part of the DC8 Adriatic road from Novi Vinodolski to Senj there is a traffic ban on: doubledeckers, trailers and motorcycles. Wind is blowing also on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway from Kikovica to Tuhobić tunnel. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas. Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. The headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Zaprešić and Zabok junctions 20th-18th km in both directions; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 106th-108th km, 118th-121st km in both directions; -A4 Zagreb-Goričan in Hrastovec tunnel in both directions; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Roadworks on the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway (Zagreb detour road): - till 9 June traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes; - till 26 April traffic is suspended in the exit lane of Popovec junction from direction Goričan towards Popovec, detour for direction Vrbovec-Popovec: Sveta Helena junction (A4)-Sveta Helena-DC3 Goričica-Belovar-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec junction, for direction Goričan (A4)-Sveta Helena: Komin junction (A4)-DC3-Sveti Ivan Zelina-Donja Zelina-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec. Lepenica rest area (at 57th km) on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway is closed till 15 June, the previous rest area and petrol station is the one Ravna Gora (at 30th km), the next one Cernik-Čavle (17,8 km away from Lepenica). Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje till 10 April; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor; -on the DC25 Lički Osik-Karlobag state road (at 40th km) 8am-3pm till 24 March. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road at Tušilović and Mostanje; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Poličnik, on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC62 Veliki Prolog-Metković state road at Most Metković. 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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