Germany braces for steady snowfall all week

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14 Jan, 2013 Updated Mon 14 Jan 2013 17:03 CEST
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Arctic weather has returned to Germany, with the DWD national weather service forecasting steady snowfall for much of the country throughout the week.

"It is possible that Germany could be entirely covered in snow over the coming days," said DWD meteorologist Simon Trippler in a statement on Monday.

By Monday night, snow that was falling consistently throughout the day should ease in the southern and eastern states. But in the west of the country heavy snow is to be expected in the small hours. Temperatures should plummet to as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius in areas with clear skies and between minus three and minus ten everywhere else.

Intermittent snowfall should dust the west and southwest on Tuesday, as well as along the Baltic coast. The northern states may stay clear though, bringing temperatures of minus five degrees with blue skies. Towards France and Belgium, it should stick around the freezing mark, though.

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Western, central and southern states should be in the firing line for snow on Tuesday night, with the north and north east again staying relatively dry and clear with piercing lows of minus 15 degrees Celsius. This could mean, the DWD said, dangerously frosty roads come morning.

Wednesday should begin with thick clouds covering most of Germany, dropping snow on areas in the middle and south of the country. The north will, yet again, likely stay dry, icy and sub-zero. In the Upper Rhine area temperatures may reach one degree above zero.

As night falls so should snow – at least in the south. Clear skies will continue to cool the north down to around minus 10 degrees. Elsewhere could be a slightly warmer minus two.

Snow should continue to fall as Thursday arrives but fail to spread beyond Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. But by nighttime, the whole country could be privy to a thick covering of the white stuff along with freezing lows of between minus eight and minus ten degrees.

The Local/jcw



2013/01/14 17:03

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