First snow snarls southern traffic

First snow snarls southern traffic
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The first snowfall of the year snarled traffic in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg on Thursday morning.

Police reported much of the Swabian Alb was covered in a blanket of snow near Riedlingen. The weather caused numerous accidents, leaving several people with minor injuries.

The fire brigades in Biberach, Tübingen, Waldshut, Konstanz and Esslingen counties were put to the test for countless weather-related calls – predominately to clear the streets of felled trees.

Snow temporarily closed the road between Welschingen and Binningen in Konstanz county. There were also delays on the A98 motorway and several other southwestern roads.

Plenty of other parts of the country got a first taste of winter on Thursday as well. Some 15 centimetres of snow fell on the Brocken peak in the Harz region, according to the German Weather Service. Mountains in Saxony’s Erzgebirge region saw similar amounts of the white stuff.

The state of Hesse got a widespread dusting, however, the warm ground melted most of the snow in lower elevations.

Meteorologists predict icy driving conditions for the next few days across much of the country, as temperatures dip near freezing each night.

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