Thunderstorms and snow forecast for Germany as cold front moves in

With temperatures in the mid-teens across Germany in recent days, it may have seemed like spring had already sprung.

Thunderstorms and snow forecast for Germany as cold front moves in
A car drives through a storm in NRW. Image: DPA

But ‘Louie’, a low pressure system moving in from Scandinavia, is set to bring rain and cold weather back to much of the country – particularly early in the week. 

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that a cold front moving in from the Baltic states and Belarus will reach Germany on Monday, bringing with it rain and possible snow. 

Temperatures in much of Germany are unlikely to go above six to nine degrees during the day, with the weather slightly warmer in southwest Germany. 

“In addition to rain, isolated short sleet storms are expected. Temporary snowfall may also be seen across the lowlands,” Sebastian Schappert from the DWD said. 

“On Tuesday evening, the wind is set to drop quickly, with showers and thunderstorms expected.

“In the Erzgebirge and the Alps snow will fall (from Monday on), with 10 to 20cm of snow expected.”

It’s not all doom and gloom for the week, however. From Wednesday on, the weather is expected to improve as a dry weather pattern moves in from the British Isles. 

While the evenings are still likely to be cold, the DWD predicts temperatures of up to 18 degrees later in the week and on the weekend as well as sunny, dry conditions. 

The forecast continues what has been an unpredictable few months weather-wise in Germany. After one of the most mild winters in recent memory, spring-like conditions in February and March have been punctuated by thunderstorms and torrential rain

As The Local reported in the middle of March, a small town near Aachen in the country's west was hit by a tornado.

A house after being hit by a tornado in the town of Roetgen. Image: DPA

Around 40 homes were damaged by the storm which was described by the local fire brigade as 'short and violent. 

SEE ALSO: 'Short and violent' tornado strikes town near Aachen 

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Tornado in western Germany injures dozens

Almost 40 people were injured, several seriously, on Friday in a suspected tornado which hit the western German city of Paderborn, the police and fire brigade said.

Tornado in western Germany injures dozens

A police spokesman said the tornado also caused significant damage in the city in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, following abnormally high temperatures for the time of year.

The city’s fire department said on Twitter that “38 injured people, including some gravely” had been taken to hospital. The police said one person was fighting for their life.

Paderborn, fire service added, “Please do not drive to Paderborn on your own without prior agreement of help. If necessary, further units of the fire brigade will be alerted and called in.”

In neighbouring Rhineland-Palatinate state, a 38-year-old man died after he was electrocuted when he entered his flooded basement and fell on his head, the police in the city of Koblenz said.

Railway travel was disrupted in the west of the country, as police called on people to remain indoors.

In Paderborn, police estimated the damage caused by the tornado at “several million” euros.

The spokesman reported “roofs torn off, windows shattered and numerous trees uprooted throughout the city”.

View of destroyed cars on a street. A tornado caused massive damage in Paderborn and Lippstadt on Friday 20th May 2022.

View of destroyed cars on a street after a tornado caused massive damage in Paderborn and Lippstadt on Friday 20th May 2022. Photo: Picture Alliance/Dpa/Friso Gentsch

Images posted on social media showed the tornado column progressing towards homes, sweeping away trees and building sections. Other pictures from the wider region showed cars that had been upturned.

The town of Lippstadt, about 30 kilometres away (18 miles), was also probably hit by a tornado, a fire department spokesperson said, though no injuries had been recorded. The steeple of the church in Lippstadt had been destroyed by the high winds.

People stand in front of the St. Clemens Catholic Church in Hellinghausen near Lippstadt, the top of which was destroyed. A suspected tornado caused massive damage in Lippstadt on Friday 21st May 2022. Photo: Picture alliance/DPA/Friso Gentsch

German meteorological services had put out a storm warning for Friday and predicted gales of up to 130 km/h (80 miles/h) in some places.

The bad weather first hit the west of the country and was set to travel eastwards.