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Wind, cold, snow herald start of winter

Brace yourself for a winter onslaught this week, as waves of wind, cold and even snow roll across the country, the German weather service DWD said on Monday.

Wind, cold, snow herald start of winter
Photo: DPA

Rain is expected to set in at the start of the week, spreading out from the north-west. Those south and east of the Danube are likely to remain dry until nightfall on Monday – when intermittent rain could hit large parts of the country.

Exposed areas of the Alps should be prepared for a battering – stormy gusts could be on their way. Other areas will see gentle to moderate winds.

With lowest temperatures of between 7 and 12 degrees, the frost is likely to hold off for the time being, except in Alpine regions where temperatures look likely to drop to around freezing point.

Heavy clouds will roll out across the country on Tuesday, bringing splashes of rain with them. They don´t look like going anywhere in a hurry, and Tuesday night will remain overcast. Sporadic rain is forecast for a swathe of the country from the south-west to Brandenburg, while the north and south-east could see occasional brighter patches.

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Wednesday is set to be equally cloudy. Intermittent rain is possible, especially in the centre and south-east. A moderate wind will cool temperatures to a comparatively chilly 4 to 8 degrees.

“In the second-half of the week, the weather will be turned on its head, as winter unmistakably arrives,” said DWD meteorologist Christian Herold in a statement.

The snow will have arrived by Thursday morning, hitting above all in Germany´s central hilly regions. The south-east is likely to see rain, the north-west to remain dry.

Some areas could be buried under up to ten centimetres of snow by the end of the day, reaching down to the valleys in many areas. Elsewhere will remain overcast, with showers in the north-west. Highest temperatures of 0 to 6 degrees will also make the day feel decidedly colder.

The snowfall is due to ease by Thursday night, though with lowest temperatures dropping to -3, motorists should be on their guard against icy conditions.

The Local/pmw

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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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