On Monday, the weather in Germany creates the risk of ice in many places.
A dramatic warning call on ZDF explains why people shouldn't leave the house.
Mainz/Munich - In many places in Germany, people were able to enjoy a white winter landscape over the weekend.
In the ZDF news magazine "Heute Journal", viewers were "shaken awake" late on Sunday evening by the weather - and confronted with an urgent warning: The weather forecast predicts a significant rise in temperature for the next few days, but before that there is a considerable risk of black ice in large parts .
The threatening scenario: A dangerous mixture of cold and freezing rain can put people in great danger, and the German Weather Service (DWD) also warns massively about the conditions on Monday (December 19).
Germany weather: rain and frozen ground - a dangerous combination
With temperatures sometimes down to -10 degrees, the ground is "simply frozen" in many places, says ZDF weather expert Katja Horneffer.
A rain front approaching from the west will produce “extreme black ice” in a large area from Kiel in the north down to Saarbrücken in southern Saarland in the morning hours of the new week.
According to the meteorologist from ZDF, the sleet reaches as far as the eastern federal states of Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, and there are also reports of icy conditions and subsequent accidents from southern parts of the republic such as Bavaria.
In the morning hours, the danger of black ice will also reach the capital Berlin, according to the further forecast.
As the day progresses, it will quickly become milder, according to the weather forecast, and the temperatures will quickly reach values of over 5 degrees.
Before that, however, there is a “rude awakening” for many citizens.
Freezing rain and danger of ice: A rain front hits Germany on Monday night.
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Dramatic weather warning on ZDF: "Do not leave the house when it rains"
People in the affected areas must expect a "mirror-smooth surface" when leaving the house, while traffic in some places "stands to a standstill".
"On the rails and air traffic will also be affected on Monday," says the expert in the weather department of the public broadcaster.
"That's why I can really only warn you," appeals Horneffer in the direction of the TV camera - and explains: "If it's raining outside and it's so cold, it's better not to go out!"
The positive: In the evening it should be much warmer in most areas and then the risk of ice will disappear, given the warmed-up ground.
As a result, this clouds the chance of a white Christmas.
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