Snowy weather causes traffic accidents around Germany

Winter weather has come to Germany for the first day of December, bringing snow and slippery roads.

Snowy weather causes traffic accidents around Germany
Trucks clearing snow on roads near the Black Forest on early Tuesday morning.

Several states reported traffic accidents early Tuesday morning, which police attribute largely to a lack of winter tyres. 

Police in Kassel, Hesse, reported 13 accidents caused by the weather, with a total of nine serious injuries. 

A further 24 injuries occurred in the area around Darmstadt. An articulated lorry skidded on the B47 near Bensheim and the trailer was torn off. The road remained temporarily closed for rescue work. 

The weather also caused problems on the roads in Baden-Württemberg. Around Pforzheim, for example, the police counted eight accidents due to slippery roads until early Tuesday morning.

A think layer of snow and ice in the centre of Frankfurt on early Tuesday morning. Photo: DPA

In southern Lower Saxony, several vehicles were involved in crashes due to black ice on the Autobahn 7. On a sloping stretch between the Drammetal junction and the Lutterberg junction, there were at least three crashes during the night, a police spokesman said early Tuesday morning. 

The road to the north was temporarily closed off, with the opposite lane only accessible in one lane. According to the police, there were no injuries.

Deutsche Bahn did not report any train delays or accidents due to the weather.

Snow coats several parts of Germany

But the weather also brought some nicer news. At higher altitudes in Thuringia, the first flakes fell during the night – for example, the winter sports resort of Oberhof in the Thuringian Forest was wrapped in a glistening white blanket.

The snow also coated several cities in the south of Germany, including in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Bavaria, bringing icy walkways.

Temperatures in the south are expected to hover between 0 and 2 degrees C on Tuesday.


caused by the weather – witterungsbedingt

accidents – (die) Unfälle

glaze/black ice – (das) Glatteis

wrapped/draped – gehüllt

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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.