Germany: Snow to create slippery travel conditions on Thursday, Saturday
February 14, 2018; 7:10 AM
A pair of storms will bring the threat for snowfall to parts of Germany later this week.
The first threat will be on Thursday as a cold front approaches from the west and interacts with cold air already in place across the country.
While the day will start off dry across most of the country, morning snow or sleet will spread over areas from Bremen to Cologne, Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
Snow or sleet will eventually mix with and then change to rain; however, a slushy coating to 2 cm (an inch) of snow can still cause slippery roadways and sidewalks and result in some travel delays.
The mixture of rain and snow will spread into central Germany during the afternoon bringing slower travel to areas from Hamburg to Hanover and southward into western Bavaria.
The frontal boundary will weaken as it tracks farther east, producing just a few rain or snow showers in northeastern Germany on Thursday night.
However, additional moisture will stream in and allow rain to dampen Baden-Württemburg and Bavaria through the night and into Friday.
Snow or an icy mix will create slippery travel in the Bohemian Forest and Bavarian Alps.
Dry weather will follow across the rest of the country on Friday. Temperatures will rebound underneath a partly to mostly sunny sky.
A new storm will then target southern parts of the country on Saturday.
There will be just enough cold air to allow snow to fall across parts of central and southern Germany.
Lasting accumulations will be limited to the higher terrain where some slippery travel conditions are expected.
Motorists in the lower elevations may also face similar conditions for a time, where the snow falls heavily. Otherwise, roads should mainly be wet as lighter snow will mix with rain.