Friday, January 8, 2010

Winter storm on the way

Arctic air dumped almost 30 centimetres of snow on the Baltic island of Rügen on Friday, as weather experts predicted another storm would likely blanket the rest of the country with plenty of the white stuff over the weekend.

Street crews worked without pause on Friday to clear roads of snow and drifts that formed due to high winds on the island in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, officials there said. On the northernmost peninsula of Wittow snowdrifts reached heights of 40 to 50 centimetres.

Snow along the Baltic coast is expected to continue until Saturday, accumulating an estimated 36 centimetres – more than typically wintry Bavaria currently has, one meteorologist told broadcaster ARD.

Meanwhile another low pressure system from the Mediterranean called “Daisy” is simultaneously set to cover much of the nation beginning in the south, the German Weather Service (DWD) said.

Light snow will fall there until Friday evening, when brisk winds will begin to move the storm north as temperatures remain between -7 and -1 degrees Celsius. Heavy snow will begin overnight in central Germany, while just a few flakes will fall in the south and northwest. Gale force winds could also be possible at higher attitudes, meteorologist Martin Jonas said.

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