Monday, December 21, 2009

Cold Snap Causes Christmas Chaos in Germany

Generally Germany is well geared for colder weather. But nobody anticipated that this weekend would bring the year's coldest. Temperatures sank as low as minus 30 degrees Celsius in some areas and snow and ice affected road, rail and airport services. The weather resulted in several deaths and hundreds of accidents.

Germany has not escaped the chaos that a severe cold snap has caused right across Europe.

At a freezing minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), this Sunday night was probably the coldest night of the year, according to German weather watchers. The severe cold weather -- just as many Germans were heading home for the holidays -- has caused traffic chaos, hundreds of accidents and several deaths.

German weather service, Meteomedia, reported that on Sunday night the weather system that has been nicknamed "Vincent" caused temperatures in the mountainous area of Albstadt-Degerfeld -- approximately halfway between the city Stuttgart and Lake Constance -- to plummet to around minus 30 degrees.

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