Especially hard hit is the north of the country, where along the Baltic coast 35 centimetres of fresh snow fell on Tuesday night alone. In Berlin, Tegel airport cancelled 28 flights because of ice – and yet more of the white stuff is expected on Thursday.
Record-breaking levels of snow fell in other areas of the northeast – namely in Laage, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, where a blanket of 27 centimetres of snow smashed the region’s previous 2005 record for the time of year by six centimetres.
“For March 20th, the amounts are impressively high,” said Simon Tripper, a meteorologist from the DWD, on Wednesday afternoon.
Behind the unusual weather is an arctic air system blowing in from Scandinavia, which forecaster Fabian Ruhau from Meteomedia told Der Spiegel was “real winter air.”
While this wind continues to waft over the country, “it basically cannot turn into spring,” Ruhnau said. He added that the situation would stay the same until the middle of next week and that everyone in the north and north east would find themselves shuffling along icy pavements until the long Easter weekend.
In fact, the weekend is set to get even nippier, as “cold air from the north intensifies,” Ruhnau told the magazine. Frosty nights and days with temperature lows into the double minuses are expected.
While it could be very sunny, the clear skies will likely only serve to push temperatures down further in Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania.
Generally, the west and south of the country should stay above freezing and will remain snow-free except for the occasional sleet shower.