Europe Cold Spells Another Snowstorm

March 18, 2013, 5:59:32 AM EDT

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Northern Europe will get another hefty dose of wintry weather through midweek as another storm spreads snow northward to the Baltic Sea and Scandinavia.

The foul winter weather will have potential for major disruption to travel by road and by air.

Snowfall of up to one foot, or 30 cm, will, by Wednesday, cover parts of Germany, Poland, Denmark, Belarus and southern Sweden. Berlin, Warsaw, Copenhagen and Malmo will number among the cities in line for major snowfall.

Strong easterly winds whipping over the southern Baltic Sea to the North Sea will blow and drift the snow in nearby open areas.

Snow will overspread the region from the south Monday night and Tuesday with snow continuing into Wednesday.


Moderately intense winter storm centered over southern Poland in this computer-derived scenario. Valid time is 0600 UTC Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Contrast between storm and northern Scandinavia high pressure, marked by numerous isobars (black lines) implies strong easterly flow of cold air north of the storm. Green shows forecast precipitation.

Some of the heaviest snow will fall over Copenhagen and nearby Malmo, Sweden, on Tuesday, when up to 8 inches (20 cm) may fall. In full, snowfall could top 12 inches (30 cm) as of Wednesday.

Snowfall could reach 10 inches (25 cm) in Warsaw, with up to 8 inches potentially blanketing Berlin and Minsk.

Snow will continue to spread northward over Scandinavia at midweek. Up to 12 inches of snow could fall by Friday in Oslo, Norway, whereas Stockholm could get up to 8 inches.

Last week, major snowfalls struck France, Belgium and central Germany early in the week. Central and eastern Europe, including a swath of Russia, were targeted by disabling falls of windswept snow between Thursday and Saturday.

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