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Snow and ice freeze traffic

DDP/DPA/The Local · 17 Dec 2009, 13:25

Published: 17 Dec 2009 13:25 GMT+01:00

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Traffic in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein was heavily affected by snowfall, police reported. Multiple accidents were clustered in the districts of Schleswig-Flensburg and Northern Friesland, and two people were injured overnight, they added.

Meanwhile icy roads in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg caused some 40 accidents in just two hours along the A81 motorway in Ludwigsburg county, police said. One collision involved a beet-laden truck that was hit by another car after sliding into a road barrier around 6 am. The truck driver was trapped in the vehicle and severely injured.

Police closed the A81 into Heilbronn due to the extremely icy conditions, causing traffic jams several kilometres long. Winter storms in nearby Heidelberg forced the closure of the A5 motorway, and the 600a and B535 were also impassable.

More snow and freezing temperatures are expected as a low-pressure system continues to send cold air through central Europe, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.

On Thursday, up to 10 centimetres of snow could fall in coastal areas in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony. Later in the day snow will likely cover low mountain ranges in the eastern part of the country too.

Friday will be continue to be snowy in eastern and northern Germany, where temperatures will top out between -1 and -8 degrees Celsius. Light snow will continue in many places overnight into Saturday as temperatures reach as low as -15 degrees in the south.

The northern coast will see snowfall on Sunday, though it may turn to rain as the day goes on. Temperatures will average -5 degrees but could drop as low as -10 in the south and east, the DWD said.

While cloud cover will dissipate in the Alps on Sunday, northern and central Germany could get up to 10 centimetres of new snow and rain on the Baltic and North Sea coast. The air will likely warm to exceed freezing.

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While more snow is expected in the week to follow, the DWD hesitated to predict a white Christmas, saying that current weather patterns are too “complicated” to make an accurate report.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

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Your comments about this article

20:27 December 17, 2009 by Henckel
Lokks and sound very much like what we received here in the "Mittleren Westen" of the USA last week.
22:31 December 17, 2009 by wxman
Only 10 cm (4 inches). That's a fraction of what we had.
22:46 December 17, 2009 by piper1
I bet that the last thing on German minds right now is this "Global Warming" BS.
11:15 December 18, 2009 by ron1amr
I think people need to be educated to learn what global warming is. Global warming is extreme weather conditions. Either hot or cold. And so people fall into a false sense of security thinking the world has a cooling but in fact that is a result of global warming. And indeed there has been more serious storms severe weather conditions. Global warming was discovered in the seventies by a dutch man who won a prize for his contributions.

Although the Earth is slowly heading for another ice age, the global warming with the amount of emissions is taking its toll on earth. The trend of things will not improve in years to come and less and less rain will fall in the years to come.

The cold weather started late in north pole resulting in polar bears becoming carnivorous and killing an d eating cub polar bears.
08:32 December 19, 2009 by Ashley748916
Pah! This isn't winter yet, we've only got minus 15 here in the Harz this morning!
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