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Czech Cold Weather Disrupts Transport, Leaves One Person Dead

Severe winter weather has continued to affect the Czech Republic, closing Prague’s airport overnight and forcing other public transport to operate limited services amid freezing temperatures that left at least one person dead.

At Prague’s international airport, Letiste Praha AS, about 40 flights were canceled during an overnight closure that ended at 5 a.m. today, spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova said by phone, adding that some flights may still be affected.

Transportation in Prague and train services across the country remain limited. Heavy snowfall caused accidents and closures on the main highways connecting the capital with Brno, the second-largest Czech city, and Pilsen. At least one person was found dead because of the freezing weather, CTK reported.

Temperatures may drop to as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit) tonight in some parts of the country, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute spokesman Petr Dvorak said by phone. They will rise to about zero degrees Celsius next week, he said.

Some parts of Prague had about 11 centimeters of new snow in the last 24 hours, Dvorak said. Around the Ruzyne neighborhood, where the airport is located, the snow is as deep as 29 centimeters, he said.

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