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Winter storm on the way

The Local · 8 Jan 2010, 12:15

Published: 08 Jan 2010 12:15 GMT+01:00

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Street crews worked without pause on Friday to clear roads of snow and drifts that formed due to high winds on the island in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, officials there said. On the northernmost peninsula of Wittow snowdrifts reached heights of 40 to 50 centimetres.

Snow along the Baltic coast is expected to continue until Saturday, accumulating an estimated 36 centimetres – more than typically wintry Bavaria currently has, one meteorologist told broadcaster ARD.

Meanwhile another low pressure system from the Mediterranean called “Daisy” is simultaneously set to cover much of the nation beginning in the south, the German Weather Service (DWD) said.

Light snow will fall there until Friday evening, when brisk winds will begin to move the storm north as temperatures remain between -7 and -1 degrees Celsius. Heavy snow will begin overnight in central Germany, while just a few flakes will fall in the south and northwest. Gale force winds could also be possible at higher attitudes, meteorologist Martin Jonas said.

“Because powdery snow is expected, the snow drifts could become a problem,” Jonas said, adding that the “problem zones” would likely be in central and northern Germany where drifts could reach up to 50 centimetres.

Saturday will dawn under thick cloud cover with more snow in central and southern Germany, spreading to the northern coast and lasting long enough to accumulate to 15 centimetres. Drivers should look out for high snow drifts formed by the stormy, chilly gusts of wind.

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The northern coast will only see light snow on Sunday, but the wind will kick up substantial wave activity. Mountainous areas and eastern portions of the country could get another 10 centimetres of new snow within 12 hours. Temperatures will remain between -6 and -3 degrees Celsius as blustery winds continue.

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16:15 January 8, 2010 by Rhinob
It's just weather.....hahahaha.....
18:57 January 8, 2010 by Customs_MP
Gruesse aus Ohio! We have 8 inches on the ground and it's still snowing with 4-6 more expected.

M.D. Austing

Dennison, Ohio, USA

Former NCOIC, Field Office Schinnen, The Netherlands

Border Operations Detachment

42d MP Group (Customs)

April 1976-March 1979
19:07 January 8, 2010 by parker7usa
Herzliche Gruesse von San Antonio, Texas ... wir haben 30 grad F (-1 grad) hier und unser normale temperature ist 60 grad (15 grad) und sehr Windig, kein Schnee ... Thank God !!! Tschuess !!!
20:32 January 8, 2010 by P Gosselin
Well here in Germany we're getting a blizzard this weekend. That's right - a blizzard like out in North Dakota!

Well, you know it's supposed to be global warming and all that. The government here tells us to just be a little more patient, GW will be back soon enough, and it will be even worse than before. So in the meantime just pay your CO2 taxes and let's all do our share to stop the bad global warming.
22:41 January 8, 2010 by wxman
Yes indeed! This is northern hemisphere wide. Most areas east of the US Rockies are covered in snow and in the second week of bitter Arctic air. Snow falling in Mississippi, Alabama, and around Atlanta, Georgia. 20 inches of snow in Omaha and minus 33 F in Iowa. Meanwhile, we have this heavy snow and cold in Europe and the UK, and 10 inches of snow in Seoul, Korea and 13 inches in Beijing, China. This global warming sure does have a grip on the planet.
12:57 January 9, 2010 by Rhinob
Did Al Gore give a speech in Germany or something? We call it the "Gore Effect." If he'd just shut up, maybe this weather would stop. Pension Britons should be burning HIS book to stay warm.
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