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IN PICTURES: High winds, torrential rain and snow hit Germany

A storm has left a trail of destruction across Germany, and now there's snow too. We show you how it's affecting the country.

IN PICTURES: High winds, torrential rain and snow hit Germany
People battle through the snow storm in Munich on Monday. Photo: DPA

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From fallen trees blocking train lines and roads, to electricity being cut off, storm “Eberhard” has caused havoc throughout Germany. Gusts of up to 164 km/h were recorded by forecasters on Sunday, accompanied by rain and snow.

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One person, a 47-year-old man, is known to have died in the storm after a tree fell on his car on Sunday while he was driving near Bestwig in Sauerland.  

Train services have also been affected with many being cancelled or delayed, while roads across the country have been blocked by trees. 

Now a rush of cold air is causing heavy snow showers.

In Müngersdorf in Cologne, onlookers witnessed a lucky escape for those travelling in this car.

The clean up is getting underway in Dresden, Saxony. Here a tree lies next to a bus stop. Photo: DPA

Damage in front of a nursery in Rhineland Palatinate is shown by this Twitter user.

Below, firefighters deal with a tree that has fallen onto a road in Zwönitz, Saxony. Photo: DPA

The plaster of a multi-storey apartment building in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia, lies in front of the entrance in this DPA picture, below.
 
 
Twitter users reported that threatening weather was still around on Monday. “Dark clouds” after the storm in Cologne. 
The storm also hit the east. In Chemnitz, Saxony, part of the roof of a nursing home was blown off onto a neighbouring building. Photo: DPA.
 
 
Lots of cars were destroyed in the storm.

In Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the roof of a residential property was blown down, as this Twitter picture shows. Luckily, no one was reportedly injured.

Politicians thanked emergency crews for their work. Malu Dreyer, state premier of Rhineland Palatinate, said thanks to all the emergency services and volunteers who helped clear roads during the storm.

The storm caused huge disruption to the rail network, as well as the roads. In the below DPA picture, a fallen tree lies on a line near Dormagen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

 
 
Passengers are shown looking at the departure boards in Cologne main station in this DPA photo, below. The storm meant there were lots of cancellations on Sunday and disruption on Monday too, leaving many people stranded.
 
 
In Düsseldorf there was also chaos at transport hubs such as the main station, Twitter users reported. 
Experts have been working to repair train lines, like this photo from Düsseldorf shows, since late Sunday night.
It's not just strong gusts and rain that have hit Germany — the snow has arrived too. In Munich on Monday morning, there was lots of icy weather to contend with. Photo: DPA
 
 
At a golf club in Kassel, Hesse, 17 trees were overturned in the storm (and covered in snow).
Winter scenes were captured in the Naturpark Fichtelgebirge, in Bavaria.
 
The stormy and cold weather is expected to continue Monday but will calm down on Tuesday according to forecasters. The weather this week will, however, remain changeable with rain expected, according to forecasts.
 

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WEATHER

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Surviving winter: 8 tips for enjoying the cold like a true German

There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

READ ALSO: ‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record

Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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