Snow and storms usher in first day of winter

A cold front has reached the centre of Germany, casting a spell of cold over the north of the country, while the south remains warm.

Snow and storms usher in first day of winter
Photo: DPA

On Monday morning the front will bring storm force winds along with it which are set to hit the North Sea coast, reports the German Weather Service (DWD).

These wind will also  blast down to the south and will be westerly and south westerly later in the day.

Hamburg and the north-west of the country are likely to see snowfall on Monday, while Munich in the south-east can expect milder temperatures of around nine degrees.

As the day progresses the winds will calm down in the north but will increase in intensity in the south. In the mountains they could reach speeds of 100 km/h. At the summits the storm will reach hurricane force levels of 130 km/h.

The cold front is also going to bring continued rain which fall fall until Tuesday morning. This will be particularly intense in the west of the country, with the Black Forest seeing some of the worst of the precipitation.

With the rain set to be more or less constant in the south, some areas will see rainfall of 60 to 80 litres per square meter (millimetres) over the next 48 hours.

Tuesday is the first day of meteorological winter, but as the week progresses temperatures will get milder.

As the week progresses the rain will ease off across the country and the winds will also pass. By the weekend the temperature will also become more agreeable, rising to averages between 7 and 12 degrees.

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

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Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

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There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

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2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

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Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.