• Germany edition
 
Six billion tonnes of snow smother Germany
Photo: DPA

Six billion tonnes of snow smother Germany

Published: 22 Jan 2013 11:02 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2013 11:02 GMT+01:00

Nearly half of all flights in and out of Frankfurt airport, Germany's largest, were cancelled on Tuesday morning, with 543 of 1,190 scheduled flights abandoned.

Despite efforts made to let people know about cancellations and delays, dozens of people ended up sleeping on emergency camping beds set up in the airport, a spokesman said. He added that most of passengers whose plans were disrupted had been put up in hotels overnight.

The snow would, German weather service the DWD said, continue over the next few days before temperatures plummet to below minus 10 degrees Celsius.

By Wednesday, meteorologists said the country would be covered in around six billion tonnes of snow.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast

Monday morning was tough for commuters everywhere after three and a half billion tonnes of snow fell on Sunday alone. In central Germany between Thuringia and Hesse thousands of drivers found themselves in a 70-kilometre-long traffic jam on Monday morning amid freezing temperatures and falling snow.

Caused by a truck which in the small hours skidded and crashed on black ice, the jam took hours to clear. Trapped drivers were given blankets, warm drinks and food by helpers.

Persistent snow has also proved challenging for the country's public transport system. Trams in Frankfurt have not been running since Sunday, resulting in overfilled buses. In Berlin, the S-Bahn urban train system struggled with delays of up to 20 minutes on the busy ring line. Some trains on other lines failed to show up at all.

Outside the capital in Brandenburg, three people died in an accident on the A13 motorway after a truck slammed into their car and crushed it early on Tuesday morning. Black ice is thought to have caused the skid.

In Bavaria icy roads also caused two trucks to collide head-on late Monday evening. Both drivers, a 66- and 47-year-old remain in a critical condition in a Munich hospital after being airlifted from the site near Markt Schwaben.

DPAD/DPA/The Local/jcw

Related links:

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

12:17 January 22, 2013 by TheWonderer
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
13:27 January 22, 2013 by Englishted
@TheWonderer

I think you are lost wanderer ,try looking at the site map.

Or follow the footsteps in the six billion tonnes of snow .

;-)
18:07 January 22, 2013 by zeddriver
The local says "three people died in an accident on the A13 motorway after a truck slammed into their car and crushed it early on Tuesday morning. Black ice is thought to have caused the skid".

NO! NO! NO! A thousand times NO! Three died because a driver was driving to fast for conditions. I doubt if there is anyone in Germany or greater Europe for that matter. That didn't know of the bad conditions. Yet they motor on as if it can't effect them.

I am German. Mien name is Herr Moses. I'm at the wheel of my Audi Quatro 3cm from the auto in front of me. The icy roadways will part at my presence.
Today's headlines
Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck
President Gauck stands shoulder to shoulder with President Komorowski of Poland in Gdansk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Russia 'severed' from Europe: President Gauck

Russia has "effectively severed its partnership" with Europe and wants to establish a new order, German President Joachim Gauck said on Monday. READ  

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis
Taxis are a powerful trade lobby in Germany. Photo: DPA

National Uber ban is revenge of the taxis

The Frankfurt regional court has imposed a temporary nationwide ban on chauffeur car service Uber, saying that it must pay a €250,000 fine if passengers continue to book rides through its app. READ  

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa
The facade of the Bad Reichenhall Royal Spa Hotel.

Sex party 'desecrates' Bavarian royal spa

The Bavarian finance ministry has demanded a report from the company running a publicly-owned spa in the town of Bad Reichenhall after they rented the property out for a fetish party. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

Town in shock as tax worker shot dead
DPA

Town in shock as tax worker shot dead

A tax office worker in the Schleswig-Holstein town of Rendsburg died in hospital after being shot on Monday morning. READ  

Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg
Berlin and Hamburg mayors Klaus Wowereit and Olaf Scholz on Monday. Photos: DPA

Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg

Germany's capital and its gateway to the North Sea each released details of their Olympic bids on Monday as the race for the 2024 or 2028 summer games nominations picks up momentum. READ  

Vacationer killed by Baltic Sea bacteria
Photo: DPA

Vacationer killed by Baltic Sea bacteria

Six people were infected with a bacteria from the Caribbean which has made itself at home in the popular German vacation destination. One of them is now in a coma. READ  

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees
DPA

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees

UNHCR Commissioner Antonio Guterres is lauding Germany's role in accommodating the influx of refugees in Europe, while pointing at the imbalance of effort within the EU. The federal government has pledged to do more. READ  

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome
Photo: DPA

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome

Starting on Monday, vacuum cleaners drawing more than 1600 watts can no longer be brought into Germany. The ban is part of a an EU-wide environmental protection measure. READ  

Coalition horsetrading starts after Saxony vote
CDU leader Stanislav Tillich with SPD Martig Dulig. Photo: DPA

Coalition horsetrading starts after Saxony vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic (CDU) party is in search of a new partner after the expulsion of its former allies the Free Democrats (FDP) from the Saxon state parliament. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,416
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd