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Weather change after snow monster – Deutsche Bahn reacts


Highlights: Weather change after snow monster – Deutsche Bahn reacts. Weather expert Dominik Jung predicts that icy temperatures will continue. The German Weather Service (DWD) continues to warn of slippery roads. Warm air masses are only to be expected from the west. This leads to an increased risk of black ice in transition areas. The snow is now followed by permafrost in the south of Germany. The maximum temperatures along the Rhine are expected to be between 1 and 5 degrees, otherwise between minus 3 and 1 degrees. In southern Bavaria it is much colder, with temperatures between minus 8 and minus 4 degrees.

Status: 06.12.2023, 04:53 a.m.

By: Teresa Toth, Kai Hartwig, Maximilian Kettenbach, Tanja Banner, Sandra Sporer

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After the snow roller, weather expert Dominik Jung predicts that icy temperatures will continue. The southeast is particularly hard hit, but there is also good news.

Update from December 4, 6:51 a.m.: Operations at Munich Central Station continue to be severely restricted. On Monday morning (4 December), Deutsche Bahn (DB) predicted a high level of train occupancy and recommended that travel to and from Munich be postponed. There were no connections between Munich and cities such as Innsbruck, Salzburg and Zurich. Long-distance trains run only sporadically.

The heavy snowfall at the weekend paralyzed rail traffic in large parts of southern Germany. Obstacles such as fallen trees on the tracks, icy overhead lines and snow-covered trains prevented journeys from taking place.

Deutsche Bahn resumes long-distance services in Munich in isolated cases after the onset of winter

Update from 3 December, 19.15 pm: Deutsche Bahn (DB) has resumed sporadic long-distance services at Munich Central Station after the severe onset of winter on Sunday. Passengers would still have to expect major restrictions on Monday (4 December), a DB spokeswoman said.

Winter weather continues in Germany – "permafrosty" and danger of black ice

As the German Weather Service (DWD) stated, the wintry weather in Germany will remain in the upcoming week. Warm air masses are only to be expected from the west. This leads to an increased risk of black ice in transition areas. This is because it will gradually become milder, but not in the long term, said DWD meteorologist Marcus Beyer. "Especially to the northeast and southeast, it will probably be difficult to clear away the cold air by the end of next week, so that it will often remain permafrosty there." According to the weather forecast, locally freezing rain with black ice is to be expected at the beginning of the week. In the west and southwest, on the other hand, there are signs of a thaw.

The maximum temperatures along the Rhine are expected to be between 1 and 5 degrees, otherwise between minus 3 and 1 degrees. In southern Bavaria it is much colder, with temperatures between minus 8 and minus 4 degrees. On Tuesday night, the DWD expects more than ten centimetres of fresh snow and severe frost in the western and central low mountain ranges. During the day, there should also be fresh snow in the Black Forest from an altitude of 600 meters.

Wednesday will also bring freezing rain in the northeast and new snow in the mountains, it said. North of the Ore Mountains and directly on the Alps, on the other hand, it could be sunny. Temperatures range from a maximum of 3 to 6 degrees in the west and around 0 degrees in the northeast.


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Weather in Germany: Snow is followed by permafrost

Update from December 3, 12:21 p.m.: The snow is now followed by permafrost in the south of Germany. And this one should stay for the time being. The German Weather Service (DWD) continues to warn of slippery roads. "During the day, the snow will thaw, at night freezing wetness must be expected," said a spokesman for the DWD on Sunday. Drivers must therefore be particularly vigilant. In the night to Monday, temperatures will drop to minus four degrees on the Rhine to minus 20 degrees in the Swabian Alb and the southern Black Forest. "At such sub-zero temperatures, car batteries break down, and gritted roads freeze again," warns the DWD.

In Austria, a man froze to death when he got stuck in his car and wanted to continue on foot.

Good news is now coming from DB headquarters. Deutsche Bahn is gradually resuming long-distance services at Munich Central Station. This will initially apply to the Munich - Nuremberg and Munich - Stuttgart routes, in both directions, a spokeswoman announced. However, fewer trains are in operation, and it is not possible to guarantee that they will be taken along. Nevertheless, make sure to inform yourself before your trip. Because it will not be possible to offer all connections in long-distance traffic even at the start of the week, according to DB.

A Deutsche Bahn ICE train is parked on a snow-covered track at Munich's main train station. © Sven Hoppe/dpa

Update from 3 December, 10:16 a.m.: Because sheets of ice have fallen from a bridge, the Autobahn 1 near Wuppertal in the direction of Cologne has been closed. No one was harmed, said a police spokesman on Sunday morning. Motorists had reported that ice was falling. The motorway has therefore been closed since Saturday evening between the Wuppertal-Nord junction and Wuppertal-Ronsdorf. According to police, the closure could last until Sunday noon.

Meanwhile, a driver, her daughter and a passenger were lucky in the head-on collision of the car with a tree in the Prignitz in Brandenburg. The 34-year-old mother, her 7-year-old daughter and a 29-year-old passenger were slightly injured in the accident on a slippery road on Saturday evening, a police spokesman said on Sunday. The mother apparently skidded with the car between Meyenburg and the district of Schmolde.

Update from December 3, 6:53 a.m.: After the unusually strong onset of winter in southern Germany, life in parts of the country came to a standstill. Now there is a slight sigh of relief. The traffic chaos has calmed down, Munich Airport is reopening and the snowfall is forecast to stop for the time being.

After 5b weather conditions and snow monsters – new forecast for Germany now gives hope

On the other hand, it gets icy cold. Some regions of Germany must be tremendously shivering. Meteorologists expect lows of minus 6 to minus 9 degrees. South of the Danube, temperatures could be between minus 10 and minus 15 degrees in some areas. Meteorologist Dominik Jung, for example, speaks of -20 degrees (see initial report).

Only in the eastern low mountain ranges and in the Alps several centimetres of fresh snow are expected. In the ridges, there are also snow drifts or considerable avalanche danger. In Bavaria, Lower Saxony, on the North Sea coast and between the Ore Mountains and the Harz Mountains, occasional snowfall is expected on Sunday. It will remain cold on Monday and Tuesday, but snow is expected to fall only sporadically. In many places, the snowfall turns into rain.

Due to the severe onset of winter in Bavaria, flight operations in Munich were temporarily suspended on Saturday. © Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa

After 5b weather conditions and winter chaos - Munich Airport takes off, rail problems remain

Munich Airport resumed flight operations at 06:00 a.m. on Sunday. However, there will continue to be restrictions on air traffic, the company announced on its website in the morning. Due to the severe onset of winter in Bavaria, flight operations were temporarily suspended on Saturday.

There are still problems with the railways. Until at least 10:00 a.m., no long-distance trains will run to and from Munich Central Station and no trains on the Munich - Nuremberg and Munich - Stuttgart routes, as Deutsche Bahn announced on its website. Train connections from Munich to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Lindau/Zurich as well as between Stuttgart and Singen/Zurich are expected to be cancelled throughout Sunday. Deutsche Bahn recommended postponing trips to and from Munich planned for Sunday.

Serious accident in northern Germany - in Bavaria the traffic chaos calms down after the onset of winter

Despite icy temperatures, the situation on the roads in Bavaria calmed down on Sunday night. The authorities reported only minor accidents, there were no serious injuries or deaths. "There are still a few trees falling, but there were only accidents with sheet metal damage," said a spokesman for the Upper Bavaria South police headquarters.

The situation is different in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. There, a car veered off a snow-covered road and crashed into a tree. The two occupants were seriously injured in the accident.

First reported on 2 December: Munich – At the moment, the south and southeast of Germany are sinking under a thick blanket of snow. In Munich, operations at the airport and at the main train station had to be suspended due to the weather, and many other traffic routes are also blocked. And it continues uncomfortably.

"The temperatures on the night of the first Advent are freezing cold," predicts weather expert Dominik Jung von in his weather video on YouTube. Previously, he spoke of a 5b-like weather situation, which is responsible for the onset of winter in Bavaria.

After winter chaos due to 5b weather conditions: First Advent brings frost and extreme sub-zero temperatures to Germany

What is a 5b weather situation (also called Vb weather situation)?

The term describes the path of a low pressure system from the Gulf of Genoa over Austria, the Czech Republic and Poland. The special feature is that these weather events are associated with larger amounts of precipitation, especially in the southeastern half of Germany, in Poland, the Czech Republic, as well as in parts of Austria and northern Italy. This precipitation is intensified by a build-up of mountains, such as the Ore Mountains or the Alps. Vb weather conditions have been responsible for major flooding several times, especially in summer. In winter, however, the amount of precipitation is much more harmless.


He predicts temperatures between -3 and -10 degrees Celsius in the southeast for the night to Sunday (14 December) and warns: "directly above the snow it may even be down to -20 degrees". The German Weather Service (DWD) expects frost of -2 to -8 degrees Celsius throughout Germany for the night to the first Advent, even colder in the southeast. Only on the coasts could it remain frost-free in places.

The first Sunday of Advent promises mainly dry and occasionally even sunny weather – a picture-perfect winter's day, if it weren't for the cold: In many areas, permafrost between 0 and -4 degrees Celsius is expected.

The cold will not subside even after the first Advent. On Monday night (4 December), Jung expects a new area of snowfall from the west. This night will again be very cold, especially in the southeast: Jung forecasts up to -16 degrees Celsius, over snowy areas temperatures could even reach -20 degrees Celsius.

Cold and frost can be particularly dangerous for certain people

Especially for people with cardiovascular diseases, the low temperatures can cause health problems. Therefore, heart health experts recommend that affected individuals be extra careful on cold days and not overload the body. Heavy physical activities such as shoveling snow should be avoided, according to the advice of the Heart Foundation. (tab)

Machine support was used for this article, written by the editors. The article was carefully reviewed by editor Sandra Sporer before publication.

Source: merkur

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