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Easter Snow in Europe

March 29, 2013; 7:23 AM ET

Snow and cold will chill the heart of Europe this Easter weekend.

Cold rain and snow will streak northeastward from the Alps to parts of Germany, Czech, Poland and Slovakia, leaving light to moderate falls of snow by Sunday night.

Snow, anywhere between a small accumulation and about 10 cm (4 inches), will touch cities such as Zurich, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Prague, Czech; and Warsaw, Poland, between Saturday night and Sunday night.

Area hills as well as the Alps and Carpathian Mountains will get falls of between 15 and 30 cm (6 to 12 inches).

Temperatures 4 to 8 degrees C (about 7 to 14 degrees F) below normal, fostered by stubborn, cold high pressure spread over Scandinavia to Iceland, will help to set up the snow as a winterlike storm tracks from Italy to Ukraine.

The cold and snow will be a fitting cap to a month that has brought unusual cold and snow to an expanse stretching from U.K. and France east to Ukraine and Russia.

As of Friday, hilly parts of the central and northern U.K. were still clad in a mantle of snow. A new storm was shedding snow in parts of Germany, Austria, Czech and Poland. Hungary and Romania were still contending with lingering snow left by an early week snow.

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