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What to do when bad weather hits Schweinfurt

Nov. 4, 2011

Photo by Charlie Stadtlander, USAGS Schweinfurt Public Affairs

Snow blankets the command building on Ledward Barracks at the Schweinfurt garrison. Snow and ice can effect changes in road conditions, school closures, work delays or a temporary shutdown in some garrison services. Know where you can find information on school closures and weather and road conditions.

SCHWEINFURT, Germany — You wake up at the crack of dawn and Mother Nature has left a gift at your front door: a foot of snow and bone-chilling temperatures. Now what do you do? Whether you’re a Soldier, parent, student or civilian, there are some valuable sources that can aid you in your next decision.

Inclement weather brought on by the autumn and winter months can deliver a blow to Schweinfurt and the surrounding area, affecting your decision to travel. Garrison officials and street cleaning crews will do everything they can to keep services running. Snow and ice, however, may result in changes in road conditions, school closures, work delays or a temporary shutdown in some garrison services.

Be in the know. Here’s how:

  • Stay connected to Here you will find two critical sources. First, in the right hand column there is a “Weather Hotline” button. Click it to find out about school closures, road conditions and weather conditions. Second, link to our Facebook page at There, watch officers manning the garrison’s installation operation center around the clock will post updates.
  • If you are without internet access, call the IOC directly, at any time of the day, at DSN: 354-6690/6213, CIV: 09721-96-6690/6213 to listen to an up-to-date automated message concerning closures and road and weather conditions.
  • Tune into AFN Bavaria radio at 87.7 FM. Radio DJs will provide up-to-the-minute updates on conditions in Schweinfurt.
  • If you live in government housing and have access to AFN television, turn to channel 1, the Atlantic channel. On AFN decoders, that’s channel 11. Crawlers along the bottom of your television will provide critical closures and road and weather conditions information.
  • If you have an AFN decoder, turn to channel 112 which plays AFN Bavaria radio. 
  • If you are a Soldier and are still unsure, call your staff duty officer for further guidance.
  • To locate a traffic jam — known as a “stau” in German — go to Click on “Traffic Condition,” and look for the stau signs along your route.

Road conditions are set at green, amber, red or black. These levels only pertain to conditions for military tactical and non-tactical vehicles. All DoD sedans, station wagons, carryalls, vans, buses and public works vehicles are considered "non-tactical."

Contrary to popular belief, the road condition does not dictate whether you as a Soldier, civilian or student should come to work or school, though it is an indicator that you should practice extreme caution commensurate with the current condition.

The garrison commander will determine school closures and work delays. This information will instantaneously be routed to and AFN and made available to the public. So stay connected, tune in, turn on and before leaving your house, use good judgment and err on the side of safety.

Understanding Road Conditions




Normal driving conditions


Driving conditions are hazardous.


Driving conditions are dangerous. For government vehicles, only mission essential and emergency vehicles can traverse the roads.


Driving conditions are extremely dangerous. For government vehicles, only emergency vehicles can traverse the roads.

Story by Nathan Van Schaik, USAG Schweinfurt Public Affairs

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