Spring cold snap nips northern Germany

Spring cold snap nips northern Germany
The Heringsdorf resort on the island Usedom. Photo: DPA
At this time last year beach lovers were already packing their picnic baskets, but this year's long winter continues to disappoint would-be sun worshipers.

A sudden cold snap caused power outages and numerous traffic accidents in northern Germany on Tuesday.

In the northeastern German state of Mecklenberg-Vorpommern the storm brought up to 10 centimetres of new snow, creating slippery road conditions. One man was severely injured in a traffic accident, police reported.

Stormy weather caused tree damage, blocking streets on the island of Usedom, in the Baltic Sea off Germany’s northern coast. Energy provider Eon estimated that up to 3,000 customers were hit by power outages after power lines were damaged in the storm.

In the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia icy streets hindered traffic, and a truck driver was killed when ice caused his trailer to flip off of a bridge.