School holidays in Austria, Germany and – particularly – France mean a challenging weekend on roads around the Alps, though the real action starts next weekend.
WINTER TRAFFIC KICKS OFF THIS WEEKEND
Be prepared for delays in the French and Austrian Alps.
Zone B – most of northern France except Paris, plus Provence in the south east – starts the two week winter holiday today.
It means the major roads into the Alps will be busy tomorrow – though, thankfully, not as busy as it can get.
Inevitably the A40 to Chamonix, A43 Lyon-Chambery and then the N90 Albertville-Moutiers-Bourg will see delays all day until early evening.
Traffic will also head up the A51 towards Gap.
The saving graces are that snow is not due until Sunday, according to WeatherToSki.co.uk, and that next weekend is when the real action starts: the following two Saturdays are both Black Saturdays heading into in the French Alps.
Probably as bad will be western Austria which enters a particularly busy stretch now until 20 February.
B179 Fernpass has already seen two hour delays this season and tomorrow could be worse.
Other roads to watch are the S16/A12 eastbound to Innsbruck while the motorway border crossings with Germany will be very congested thanks to border controls, with the possible exception of the A8>A3 to Passau.
Much of the Austria traffic will be heading to Germany of course, particularly up through Munich to the north east where the holidays are already at an end. Most schools in southern Germany break up today.