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Roads dangerous with more snow on the way

DDP/DPA/The Local · 17 Feb 2009, 08:34

Published: 17 Feb 2009 08:34 GMT+01:00

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Closed streets, jackknifed semi trucks, and two fatalities plagued German roads throughout the night as heavy snowfall hammered the country for a second night. While traffic in northern and western Germany was a bit more manageable due to higher temperatures, there were numerous accidents in the southern part of the country.

Icy roads in upper Bavaria near Haag killed one driver in a head on collision with a semi truck on the B12 motorway. Another driver was seriously injured in the accident. Another head on collision between a car and a bus left another 25-year-old driver dead in Deisenhausen in the same state, police reported.

In the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg several buildings were damaged by cars sliding out of control near Crailsheim. And near Karlsruhe large trucks struggled to stay on the road on the B36, which police said was littered with overturned vehicles.

The German Weather Service (DWD) predicted “lots of snow” in higher altitudes and the Black Forest region, with a thick blanket of up to 20 centimetres of snow in the Alps. The southern Allgäu region could get up to 40 centimetres, DWD said.

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Western Germany can expect snow or rain as cloud cover eases throughout the day. Northern and eastern Germany will have clear skies by evening after snow ends there. Temperatures will likely remain around zero degrees Celsius, DWD said.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

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