Snowy weather strikes throughout Germany on Tuesday

After a mild November start, Germany experienced its first white winter day on Tuesday, with temperatures dipping as low as -10 C in some parts of the country.

Snowy weather strikes throughout Germany on Tuesday
A pedestrian uses an umbrella against the first snow fall in Halle in eastern Germany on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Much of Germany was struck by snow on Tuesday, with the German Weather Service warning drivers to be cautious as they took to icy roads with heavy winds. For many cities, the white weather marked the first snow fall of the season.

The central part of the country was hit particularly hard. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m in Thuringia there were nearly 85 accidents as a result of the snow, police reported. A total of 13 people were injured as a result. “Drive safely!” local police warned on Twitter.

In the south, the cold and cutting east wind continues to blow, making it feel much colder than the 3 to 4 degrees indicated by the mercury. North of the Danube, it began to snow in the morning, with the snow continuing throughout the day.

The white winter weather also came on Tuesday to Saxony and Thuringia, and in the afternoon also in Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Bremen, which recorded snow fall between 2 and 5 centimeters.

Snow cover between 2 and 5 cm formed in Bremen. Yet the snow fall reached up to 10 cm in areas with heavy traffic congestion. 

Up to 10 cm of fresh snow accumulated in congested areas. Motorists should be prepared for heavy snowfall on motorways and slippery roads.

The snowfall, however, was enjoyed by dogs wandering in the less populated Thuringia Forest, as DWD tweeted. There, snow reached up to 12 cm.

The DWD also tweeted a map on Tuesday at 3 p.m. issued a warning for parts of the country affected by light snow (in yellow) and hence icy roads.

From Wednesday on: weather turns cold yet calm

In the night before Wednesday morning, the snow will continue to fall as the cold east wind decreases. However, it can also become significantly colder amid the fresh snow.

During the day, however, the weather will be much calmer, with cloudy and foggy weather. The day is marked by clouds and fog.

If it gets to be too cold on the ground, there is a risk of freezing rain – particularly dangerous in the valleys in the middle of Germany (such as Hesse and Thuringia), where the maximum temperatures are likely to be between 0 and 7 degrees.  

The first snow of the season in Bad Wünnenberg in North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Thursday will again be marked by cloudy weather, but on Friday it will become a little warmer.

The weather will remain calm until the weekend. On Thursday the clouds still dominate the sky. On Friday it gets more pleasant and a little warmer. On the weekend, however, mostly rainfall is expected throughout the country, and light snow.

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.