Weather experts warn of "tense ice conditions" and "significant" traffic problems
Created: 12/14/2022 11:24 am
By: Yannick Hanke
How will the weather in Germany be in the coming days?
The low Colleen could cause a lot of chaos.
Freezing rain and ice included.
Berlin – Father Frost still won't let go of Germany.
Starting on Tuesday evening, December 13, 2022, and on Wednesday night, the low Colleen will open up an unparalleled wintry exchange of blows with snow and freezing rain.
Word is that parts of the country will face an air mass limit with tense ice conditions.
Is Germany threatening the next cold cracker?
Weather in Germany: "Tense, smooth conditions somewhere in the middle and in the south" of the country
"On Tuesday evening and on Wednesday night, the foothills of Deep Colleen will move from the west to Germany," says
meteorologist Patrick Panke.
He speaks of an air mass limit at which there would be “snow to the north” and “rain to the south”.
In between, a smooth mix of sleet and freezing rain must also be expected, reports
From the night of Wednesday, December 14, 2022, black ice is expected in parts of Germany due to freezing rain on the ground.
© Philipp von Ditfurth/dpa
As early as Wednesday morning, December 14, the weather expert sees "probably a tense ice situation somewhere in the middle and in the south of Germany".
However, an accurate assessment of the situation around the air mass limit should probably only be possible on Tuesday evening.
However, nothing further is known about a possible snowfall at Christmas.
Weather expert expects rapid fall and smoothness in south-east Germany
Panke then forecasts the second part of the borderline weather situation between cold air in the north and brief relief in the south for Thursday.
Especially from Baden-Württemberg to Bavaria, precipitation would again occur.
“Partly as snow, partly as freezing rain with a risk of black ice, before the cold air flows in from the north on Friday,” notes the meteorologist.
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A few days before Christmas 2022 there are repeated forecasts of possible snowfall on the holidays.
While the weather in Germany was relatively mild in December in recent years, it seems relatively unlikely that there will be snow all over Germany this year.
At least that's the opinion of the German Weather Service.
In the south-east of the country, rapid falls including ice can still be expected.
All in all, and depending on how the snowfall areas are moving, the weather expert expects fresh snow amounts of ten to 20 centimeters.
And despite the milder air in the meantime, you still have to be prepared for frosty to icy nights in Germany.
According to Panke, "with a new high, a thorough calming of the weather" would be approaching at the weekend.
"This means that it will be clear and starry again more often, with lows below -10 degrees above the snow-covered areas," says the meteorologist.
How the weather in Germany should be in the coming days
According to the forecast by
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Wednesday, December 14
: -3 to +4 degrees, lots of clouds in the south and repeated snowfall, otherwise mostly a mix of sun and clouds
Thursday 15 December
: -3 to +3 degrees, more snow in the south, otherwise only a few snow showers
Friday 16 December
: -5 to +1 degrees, mix of sun and clouds, isolated snow showers
Saturday, December 17
: -5 to +1 degrees, mixed, sun and clouds from time to time
Sunday 18 December
: -4 to +2 degrees, snow and freezing rain from the southwest, softening in the evening
Monday, December 19
: 1 to 7 degrees, much milder, lots of clouds, repeated rain and lots of wind
Tuesday, December 20th
: 5 to 12 degrees, mixed, repeated rain and windy
Wednesday 21 December
: 2 to 5 degrees, colder again, snow in the low mountain ranges.
Can "get really slippery": Meteorologist Dominik Jung warns of black ice in six federal states
The German Weather Service (DWD) also warns of ice on Wednesday.
In the south-west in particular, “snow and freezing rain” can be expected in the morning.
It would be “really slippery” on the roads, which applies in particular to Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Saarland, parts of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, according to qualified meteorologist Dominik Jung from
The climatologist Karsten Brandt from
can only agree.
"Warm air pushes in via southern Germany, which on Wednesday brings warm air up to Mannheim, Karlsruhe, the Neckar and the Danube.
Here at one to two degrees plus with freezing rain and sleet," he says.
According to Brandt, everyone "who is traveling in the direction of Bavaria or Baden-Württemberg on Wednesday" should expect "significant impairments in road and rail traffic".
Meanwhile, Bremen and Lower Saxony are confronted with permafrost and a polar whip.