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Blizzard bears down on the north

The Local · 16 Dec 2010, 09:00

Published: 16 Dec 2010 09:00 GMT+01:00

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The storm will likely head southeast during the day, the DWD said, saying that up to 20 centimetres of snow could cover the north.

Overnight Bavaria’s Oberfranken region was also pounded by more snow, creating treacherous road conditions that kept street crews out in full force, authorities said.

Slow moving traffic and felled trees filled many rest stops beyond capacity by midnight, police there said.

Saxony also struggled to recover from heavy snow non Wednesday, with traffic jams several kilometres long reported on motorways into the evening. Some 76 accidents with three injuries were registered in the area.

Meanwhile huge snow drifts closed motorways near Wildenthal, Johanngeorgenstadt, Eibenstock, Schönheide and Stützengrün, a situation likely to create major jams on side streets, police said.

The weather might have been a problem for commuters, but children in some regions woke up to good news. School was cancelled in the entire state of Schleswig-Holstein, parts of Lower Saxony, and many parts of Rhineland-Palatinate because buses couldn’t get through the snow.

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Your comments about this article

10:24 December 16, 2010 by Al Davis
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....
13:23 December 16, 2010 by Simon_Kellett
Let if blow (over), let it blow (over), let it blow (over)...

(From A. Cyclist in Darmstadt, S of Frankfurt: still all clear at 13:22)
16:24 December 16, 2010 by yhsanjay
Its all the more this year all over in Europe! Extreme!
23:20 December 16, 2010 by kreese
Maybe if you would invite Al Gore, or those UN climate change nuts who were in Cancun---maybe they could do something about your warm weather! No, that wouldn't work. They were having record cold weather while they were "vacationing" in Cancun.
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