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Icy roads in eastern half of Germany cause traffic chaos

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Icy roads in eastern half of Germany cause traffic chaos
A truck overturned on Monday in Bernau, Brandenburg.
09:50 CET+01:00
Black ice on motorways in the eastern side of Germany caused dozens of accidents across several states on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Upper Palatinate in Bavaria counted more than 80 accidents as of 7am on Tuesday due to streets and train tracks covered in ice.

"There's a new accident almost every minute," said a police spokesman in Upper Palatinate.

In Lower Bavaria, police counted 40 accidents on Monday night as many cars slid off of roads or into other vehicles. Five people were slightly injured in these accidents.

One stretch of the Autobahn in the direction of Regensburg was closed off for an hour and a half due to a truck accident.

Meanwhile in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, police counted 29 collisions with three people slightly injured in total. Thuringen and Saxony also had several accidents. But in Berlin and Brandenburg, slushy snow caused only a few problems on roadways.

The German Weather Service (DWD) warned that on Tuesday there would continue to be freezing rain and black ice in parts of Bavaria. And classes were cancelled in schools in Lower Bavaria, Upper Bavaria, and Upper Palatinate due to the weather conditions.

In northeastern Germany, the DWD predicted that the highest temperatures would be at the freezing point for Tuesday with snow expected, while the rest of the country is expected to have milder weather. The southwest could see the mercury rise to 7C.

On Wednesday, the west, southwest, and alpine regions are predicted to have rain, while eastern mountain ranges could see snow. But overall, most of the country is expected to have temperatures slightly above freezing.

Weather forecast for Wednesday:
 

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