In the middle of the week, people in large parts of Germany have to prepare for snow, ice and slippery conditions. The German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach warns of a “full-blown storm situation” for Wednesday. There is heavy snowfall in the middle of Germany. “Prolonged and heavy freezing rain falls to the south”.
The DWD warns that the severe weather situation will have “large-scale effects on road and rail traffic”. In large parts of Hesse, 15 to 30 centimeters of snow is expected to fall in twelve to 24 hours, higher amounts are not ruled out. There are also persistent and sometimes heavy snowfalls north of the Main. Freezing rain will fall until the evening hours of Wednesday, especially along and south of the Main and Moselle, and black ice will form widely. In Baden-Württemberg, the DWD is also expecting freezing rain and has therefore issued a severe weather warning for black ice. The warning applies for the entire Wednesday morning.
The DWD warns of “extreme ice accretion on objects, trees and overhead lines as well as an increased risk of ice breaking.” Lowest values are between plus six degrees on the High Rhine and minus six degrees in the north.
In large parts of Bavaria The DWD expects a risk of severe weather due to freezing rain and black ice. The Ministry of Culture in Munich announced that face-to-face teaching will be canceled on Wednesday at several schools in the Free State – in the Nuremberg region, in Lower Franconia and in the Upper Palatinate.
Significant restrictions on air traffic
The weather will too affect air traffic. Am Munich Airport Significant restrictions on take-offs and landings are to be expected, especially in the first half of Wednesday. Lufthansa announced that it had “significantly reduced the entire flight schedule for short and long-haul flights”. Among other things, the airline is canceling its feeder flights from Stuttgart to the Bavarian capital as a precautionary measure. The announced snowfall and freezing rain in southern Germany also has an impact on air traffic BER capital airport.
In Frankfurt Lufthansa will also only be able to offer the most necessary flights, said a spokesman. The airline asks passengers not to come to the affected airports if their flight is canceled and there is no other confirmation for the same day.
Deutsche Bahn is abolishing train connections for all long-distance trains
Also Train travelers must be nationwide set to restrictions. Deutsche Bahn lifted the train connection for all long-distance trains on Wednesday. Anyone who would like to postpone their trip due to the onset of winter can use their ticket at a later date, according to the website. According to a railway spokeswoman, employees in the affected regions were ready, for example to clear switches or to ensure traffic safety at level crossings. Clearance vehicles and heavy locomotives are available at strategically important points in the rail network.
Winter conditions have already led to several accidents with injuries in Bavaria. In Bernhardswald (Regensburg district) two buses carrying a total of ten passengers collided on Monday. One of the vehicles skidded on a snowy road, the police said on Tuesday. The bus then moved into the opposite lane and collided with the other bus. A 45-year-old bus driver and a 13-year-old passenger were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.
Also in the northern half of Germany Snow and slippery conditions have led to several accidents. On Tuesday night and during the day there were several closures on motorways due to truck accidents, as the police in Lower Saxony announced. Several people were injured. In many regions of Brandenburg There were also traffic accidents. The West Police Department reported almost 60 collisions. On Schleswig-Holstein’s streets The slippery snow led to a number of accidents with several injuries.