2 dead and over 400 road accidents after wintry conditions hit Bavaria

Hundreds of accidents as well as two deaths were reported after slippery conditions on Bavarian roads due to snow and ice on Sunday.

2 dead and over 400 road accidents after wintry conditions hit Bavaria
The scene of a car crash in Nuremberg on Sunday in which a 23-year-old man died. Photo: DPA.

On a highway in the district of Kulmbach north of Nuremberg, an 18-year-old woman died after her car collided with another car in the oncoming lane, police announced on Monday morning, adding that the cause of the collision was likely the slippery conditions.

In Nuremberg, a 23-year-old male passenger died on Sunday in a two-car collision on a snow-covered road.

Moreover, police state that there were more than 400 winter-related accidents in Upper and Middle Franconia alone. In southern and eastern Bavaria, there were more than 50 accidents, according to Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Since Sunday afternoon, hundreds of traffic accidents that occurred in Bavaria during heavy snowfall have also caused long traffic jams.

The districts of Amberg-Sulzbach, Schwandorf and Regensburg were particularly affected.

Hopefully people will adapt to the weather conditions and drive cautiously, a police spokesman told Bayerischer Rundfunk.

On Thursday the German Weather Service (DWD) predicted snow showers, sleet and wide-spread rain across much of Germany for the weekend.

But it wasn't just Bavaria that was hit with snowfall. The onset of winter on Sunday led to traffic obstructions in other regions in Germany, in particular Lower Saxony, northern Hesse and Saxony-Anhalt.

And it looks like the wintry conditions aren't over just yet, at least for the southern part of the country.

For Monday DWD forecast slushy conditions in Bavaria with snow continuing to fall and the chance of it gradually turning into sleet or rain.

Watch out for snow and slippery slush in mountainous areas on Tuesday, DWD warn, as snow and rain will continue throughout the day with maximum temperatures ranging from 1C to 6C across the region.

In southern Bavaria early on Wednesday there is a risk of slippery conditions in some areas due to wet and freezing precipitation.

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Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

After a cold blast at the end of November, winter in Germany is set to begin with yet more snow, making it the perfect time to dig out a puffer coat and get out to Christmas market.

Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

German punctuality has struck once again as winter looks set to arrive right on cue this year, with a flurry of snowfall, ice and frosty conditions in several regions of the country.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), Saxony-Anhalt could see the mercury drop as low as -6C on Friday as snow continues to fall until the afternoon. The Harz mountains will also get a festive dusting of snow, with temperatures ranging from -1 to -3C in the coming days.   

Saturday is set to be overcast in the region with up to 5cm of snowfall, but things could dry up on Sunday as temperatures rise to a nippy 1-3C. The eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia can also expect icy conditions and snow over the weekend.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, snow is also expected at higher altitudes. In eastern Westphalia and in the Sauerland region, there could be light snowfall or sleet, DWD reported on Friday. Drivers and cyclists should exercise caution as roads are likely to become slippery due to fresh snow or freezing rain.

DWD explains that two high-pressure areas are currently causing colder winds to sweep across Germany. The first, which caused snow to fall overnight across central Germany, is gradually heading south towards France – though the second is set to bring another icy spell to the country on Friday evening and into Saturday.

Bavaria will be the first to experience the chill as the high-pressure zone travels across the Alps overnight. 

The southern state is likely to have a soggy start to the weekend, with rain falling at lower altitudes – though more hilly and mountainous areas will see some snow. But as temperatures drop during the night, residents of Bavaria could see as much as 5cm as snow on Saturday morning.

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The rest of the weekend will likely be marked by uniform grey skies, frost and drizzle, though those lucky enough to live in an Alpine region could see a few precious rays of sunshine too.

The weather will also take a distinctly wintry turn in Berlin and Brandenburg over the weekend, as the cold front sweeps across northeastern Germany on Saturday and towards the Baltic Sea. 

Friday is likely to be mostly chilly and overcast, with occasional rain or sleet and maximum temperatures of 2C. 

In the night, however, southern Brandenburg will start to see some fresh snowfall, which will move up across Berlin and to the north of Brandenburg over the course of Saturday.

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Soeder

Berliners should be sure to wrap up if they’re heading out to enjoy the festive scenes, since the mercury is likely to hover between zero and -2C. 

Will the snow settle? 

Unfortunately the dusting of white is unlikely to stick around long in most places – so make your snow angels while you can. 

Misty or overcast skies will return on Advent Sunday, while occasional drizzle could well turn Saturday’s snow into slush. Hilly and mountainous regions will be the only ones treated to an extra helping of snow.

Meanwhile, Monday is set to get off to a soggy and wet start, with rainfall in most regions and temperatures between 1C and 5C. 

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