Winter returns for an encore

Winter returns for an encore
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Don’t pack up those winter coats and mittens just yet, the German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting more snow across much of the country this weekend.

Following the deadly path of destruction left by Atlantic storm Xynthia, a high-pressure system is moving towards Germany, already bringing snow to northern regions and beyond.

“We shouldn’t write off the winter just yet. Because the next storm, called ‘Yve,’ is at our door,” DWD meteorologist Dorothea Paetzold said on Wednesday in a statement. “We’ll have to adjust ourselves to another few centimetres of snow – in the flatlands too!”

Snow was already in the mix on Wednesday morning in chilly northern Germany, while the weather in the southwest remained milder with an average temperature of eight degrees Celsius.

More snow is expected to fall on Thursday, but it will remain confined to the higher altitudes of the Ore Mountains of Saxony and in the Bavarian Alps, Paetzold said.

But on Friday snow and sleet will quickly spread to the southeast all the way to the Mosel and Main River regions by evening. Lower mountainous areas could see up to 10 centimetres of new snow by Saturday morning.

Central and southern Germany will have more snow to shovel throughout Saturday, when temperatures are expected to remain near freezing.

Click here for The Local’s weather forecast.

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