Heavy snowfall caused chaos in Bavaria, southern Germany, especially in its capital, Munich, where air and rail traffic came to a standstill on Saturday.
After suspending flights until 12:00 (11:00 GMT), Munich Airport announced an extension of the measure until 06:00 (05:00 GMT) on Sunday “due to persistent snowfall.”
A total of 760 flights will be affected, said an airport spokesperson to AFP.
More than 40 cm of new snow fell in Munich overnight, as reported by meteorological services on Saturday. The city police advised residents to avoid “unnecessary travel” due to the “exceptionally intense snowfall.”
The early arrival of the boreal winter also disrupted railway traffic.
According to Germany’s main railway company, Deutsche Bahn, trains could not access Munich’s central station, and cancellations or delays were expected in the rest of southern Germany throughout the day.
Much of the public transportation—buses, commuter trains, and trams—was also not operating in the Bavarian capital, according to Munich’s public transport company (MVG).
The match between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin in the 13th round of the German championship, initially scheduled for Saturday at 14:30 GMT, was postponed mainly due to the accumulated snow on the roof of the Allianz Arena stadium.
Much of Germany has been under snow and freezing temperatures for several days.
According to the German meteorological service, the most intense snowfall is expected on Saturday in Allgäu, southern Bavaria, but precipitation is expected to gradually decrease by the end of the afternoon.