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Winter weather continues to have a firm grip on Germany – freezing rain and flash ice threaten

2023-12-04T12:37:28.358Z

Highlights: Winter weather continues to have a firm grip on Germany – freezing rain and flash ice threaten. Particular care must be taken in road traffic in this weather. During the night to Tuesday and on Tuesday morning there will be more precipitation. Here, too, thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Only in the middle of the week it will get a little warmer again, with probably still wintry, but much calmer weather. The ADAC also has some tips on how to get through the winter safely despite icy roads.



Status: 04.12.2023, 13:23 PM

By: Nico Reiter

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In large parts of Germany, freezing rain and flash ice will occur from Monday afternoon (4 December). Particular care must be taken in road traffic in this weather.

Munich – The picturesque pre-Christmas snowfall is being replaced by harsher weather conditions. The first joy about the wintry weather has vanished. Now the situation in Germany could become far more dangerous. Freezing rain and flash ice are to be expected in some regions over the next few days.

Already last week there was a historic weather event in Bavaria. After light snow was forecast at noon on Friday (1 December), it soon became apparent that this would not match the extent of the snowfall. Already in the evening the weather showed the first effects. The rail network in Bavaria has also partially failed.

Freezing rain and flash ice make for dangerous driving conditions © Becker&Bredel/Imago

Freezing rain and flash ice make for dangerous road conditions

Almost all of Germany is covered with snow. From Saarbrücken to Hamburg, it will be particularly slippery in the next few days. Snow is not the only danger here. From Monday afternoon (4 December), a low-pressure core in the west will bring warmer air and rain. As a result, freezing rain may occur throughout western Germany in the afternoon and evening.

It can be particularly dangerous in the valleys of the low mountain ranges. Here, due to the prevailing weather conditions, flash ice occurs, i.e. slippery roads and paths. But also in Cologne, Düsseldorf, the Ruhr area, Münster, Bielefeld or Saarbrücken there is a threat of flash ice on Monday.

The German Weather Service is currently warning of significant slippery conditions for the entire Monday, especially in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. Non-essential journeys and stays outdoors are to be avoided. Delays and obstructions in road traffic should be taken into account.

Temperatures for Monday (4 December) and the night to Tuesday (5 December):

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Munich-11 to -1°C
Stuttgart-7 to 3°C
Saarbrücken-3 to 5°C
Cologne0 to 3 °C
Dusseldorf-1 to 3°C
Minster-1 to 2°C
Bielefeld-2 to 1°C
Hanover-2 to 1°C
Hamburg-3 to 0°C

Outlook for the weather of the next few days

The situation could deteriorate further in the coming days. The low will move eastwards and ensure that other parts of Germany may be affected by the weather situation. During the night to Tuesday and on Tuesday morning there will be more precipitation. Here, too, thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Only in the middle of the week it will get a little warmer again, with probably still wintry, but much calmer weather.

Drivers in particular need to be careful in these conditions. When it comes to flash ice, there are a few things to keep in mind in road traffic. Above all, it is important to drive with particular foresight. The ADAC also has some tips on how to get through the winter safely despite icy roads. Winter tyres and ABS are not always a solution. When freezing rain sets in, it is best to take a break from driving.

Source: merkur

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