These photos show just how much snow Germany got so far this year

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DPA/The Local - [email protected] • 12 Jan, 2017 Updated Thu 12 Jan 2017 09:51 CEST
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More wintry weather is on its way, but some places have already had enough snow to build dozens of snowmen - and interfere with daily commutes.


Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall has left parts of Germany covered in constant blankets of snow this week, and weather forecasters predict more wintry conditions ahead.

Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt on Wednesday. Photo: DPA.

Berlin on Wednesday was hit by a thick snowstorm in the afternoon, leaving piles of fresh white powder on the ground for sledders, snowmen-creators and snowball-fighters. The Local captured part of the storm in a video on Facebook.

The surrounding state of Brandenburg also saw heavy snowfall, as seen below in Potsdam.

Photo: DPA. 

Also in the Saxon city of Dresden, residents trekked through snow piles and across white streets. The pair in the photo below are striding past the Old City of Dresden.

Photo: DPA. 

Snow was so thick near Linstow, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania that a tractor was used to clear the way on roads and carparks.

Photo: DPA. 

But the flurries of white were not all fun and games. Along the Berliner Ring Autobahn on Wednesday, there was a serious accident involving nine trucks and five cars, according to the Berliner Morgenpost. One person was seriously injured and three were lightly injured. According to B.Z., there were 57 traffic accidents within one hour on Wednesday.

In Bavaria, one truck driver's vehicle tipped over due to sliippery roads, leading to his death, according to police.

In the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a snowman built on top of train tracks caused some travel chaos for a train. The driver thought the 1.50 metre tall snowman was a real person and swiftly hit the breaks with all of his might. The incident resulted in damages totaling €5,000 - but no humans or snow-humans were harmed.

The German Weather Service (DWD) predicts that the weather will remain cold but variable this week. Thursday night is supposed to bring significant amounts of new snow to central areas, while along the northern coast, there are still higher than average water levels after storm Axel last week.

Prediction for Friday:



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