Weathermen predict rain and snow after weekend winter wonderland

Weathermen predict rain and snow after weekend winter wonderland
A woman walks her dog Holly in Fulda, Hesse. Photo: DPA.
In pictures: After Germany enjoyed a white, wintery weekend, the weathermen are forecasting rainier weather but also more snow on its way for this week.

The country celebrated a weekend of winter fun as much of Germany experienced snowfall and temperatures well below freezing on Saturday and Sunday.

One station in Marienberg, Saxony recorded the mercury dropping to -31.4C on Saturday morning, while another recorded the temperature to be -30.6C, though the German Weather Service (DWD) registered the temperature in the town as -17C.

The coldest temperatures according to DWD were in Winkl and Schorndor, Bavaria at -26C.

Meteorologist Christoph Hartmann said at the weekend that the German Alps could have received up to 100cm of fresh snow, which was good news for winter sports lovers.

However while many people were out enjoying the snow, the icy temperatures also created treacherous travel conditions, leading to hundreds of accidents due to slippery roadways. In the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, police reported around 1,500 traffic accidents, while in Lower Saxony, 630 accidents were reported and one person was killed near Hanover on Saturday evening.

But predictions for the week ahead include showers and drizzling rain later in the week, as well as snow and winter storms.

By mid-week, strong storms are expected in coastal areas, while temperatures should be above freezing throughout much of the country.

Forecast for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from DWD:

With lots of fresh, new snow, many people at the weekend relished the opportunity to take to the slopes and play outside.

Many got out their toboggans and snow boots to enjoy the weekend snow, taking to social media to share photos of their white weekends.

Below, children in Munich go sledding in a park on Sunday.

Photo: DPA.

Others, as pictured below, even took to horseback as these residents of Baden-Württemberg.

Photo: DPA.

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