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'Russian' deep freeze to follow snow

Published: 05 Dec 2012 18:25 GMT+01:00

After a brief sunny respite for most regions on Thursday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said a low-pressure system bearing the name "Karin" was barrelling towards the country with snow storms in tow.

Temperatures on Thursday will range from minus one degree Celsius in the east to plus three degrees in the west.

But "Karin" will begin dumping more of the white stuff in the west on Friday morning. The wintry storm will spread throughout the southeast over the course of the day. Some regions will see a thick blanket of snow, while strong winds could produce drifts. Lower altitudes could experience rain or sleet. Temperatures will range around the freezing mark.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast

The storm will continue to bluster into Saturday, and although snow will then only be likely in the Alps, temperatures will begin to sink across the country.

This "Russian" cold from the northeast make mittens, scarves and hats mandatory for anyone planning to visit a Christmas market this weekend. Top temperatures could be as low as minus six degrees and are not expected to rise above zero even during the day.

Only the far northwest will begin to thaw a bit by Sunday, though the warmer front could also bring rain and snow.

"The wintry weather will stick with us into next week," said DWD meteorologist Simon Trippler in a statement.

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Your comments about this article

16:34 December 5, 2012 by IchBinKönig
I miss the breathless theLocal articles about no more snow for Europe. Where did those go?
16:46 December 5, 2012 by lucksi
minus 6 degrees? That is Russian summer I think
17:46 December 5, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Don't worry, the forecast is by the DWD. I am going to plan a garden party and BBQ planned for the weekend.............................lol

Last week they forecast snow from Thursday until Sunday. My children spent the entire time waiting for the white stuff. Clear blue skies and sun the whole time.........!
18:25 December 5, 2012 by GloriousNewsComrades
In capitalist Germany, you can catch cold. In Glorious Soviet Russia, Cold catch YOU!

Maybe smart to cancel Bourgeois Garden Party? maybe better it is time to light your puny German furnaces with Gas from Mother Russia.
00:06 December 6, 2012 by jmclewis
Clearly a sign of Global Warming!

How long until Putin Shuts off the Gas???
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