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First northern snow hails cooler weather nationwide

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First northern snow hails cooler weather nationwide
Walkers on the Brocken on Saturday. Photo: DPA
13:33 CEST+02:00
The first northern snow of the season fell in the Harz mountains on Saturday, yet the temperatures of about one degree above freezing ensured nothing much remained by lunchtime.

The Brocken in central Harz – the highest mountain in northern Germany – was covered in about 5 centimetres of snow on Sunday morning.

The weekend's first taste of winter was courtesy of the low pressure system Roswitha, according to the German Weather Service (DWD). It has been bringing polar air down over Germany, pulling down the snow line to as low as 700 metres above sea level.

Sunday evening could well deliver frost in areas without cloud cover, where temperatures could sink to as low as minus three degrees. Roads in those areas could be icy and slippery, the DWD warned.

During Monday, the northern part of the country could be hit with rain as further low pressure systems dominate the weather – changeable, cool and rainy conditions should be expected.

The golden autumnal weather is going to disappear further south too, with southern and south-eastern regions above 1,000 metres at risk of sleet and lower areas expected to be rainy. Top temperatures in the lower Alpine region are expected to be between six and ten degrees, while the Rhine area is not expected to be much warmer, at around 11 degrees.

Monday night is expected to be rainy in the entire northwest side of the country, with broken clouds and fog over southern parts.

Some rain and thick clouds are expected on Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday, the DWD said.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

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