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Weekend weather to divide nation

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Weekend weather to divide nation
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11:21 CET+01:00
Two contrasting weather systems will split Germany into two halves this weekend, with a cold and sunny east facing a warmer but wet west, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

"Germany will be split in two...the east has drawn the better but colder lot," said DWD meteorologist Christina Speicher in a statement.

From Friday, the high-pressure system “Heike” will begin to move out of western regions, replaced by the low-pressure front “Sigurd” moving in from the North Atlantic.

This will mean temperatures stretching into double digits accompanied by rain and cloudier conditions for most of the weekend in the west.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

However, eastern regions will still be subject to subzero temperatures combined with sunny weather for the duration of Friday. According to the DWD, mountainous areas in the southeast could see some light snowfall.

The contrast between eastern and western conditions will persist on Saturday, with the east holding back the clouds and precipitation for much of the day. But nippy temperatures near freezing could cause some sleet, snow and black ice later on.

The west will see highs ranging from five to ten degrees Celsius on Saturday accompanied by wet weather. Snow is possible overnight as temperatures drop to minus two degrees.

Sunday will see heavy cloud cover spread across the entire nation bringing occasional rain, which will turn to snow only at higher altitudes.

The northeast will see highs of two degrees while temperatures in the Rhineland could hit eight degrees.

The regions near the Alps could see some snow or freezing rain on Sunday night.

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