Wind, rain and snow to lash Germany as cold air returns late week

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Courtney Spamer, AccuWeather meteorologist
December 07, 2017, 11:24:58 AM EST

Following a few milder and more tranquil days, unsettled weather is set to return to Germany from late this week and into the weekend.

Rain and gusty winds will sweep across the country into Friday removing the milder air from earlier in the week.

A six-hour period of rain will move from northwest to southeast across the country and be accompanied by wind gusts of 50-66 km/h (31-40 mph). This could result in some minor travel disruptions.

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After the start of rain in Cologne, Bremen and Hamburg for the Thursday evening commute, wet weather will continue to spread across the country, reaching places like Berlin and Stuttgart by midnight.

The steadiest rain will be confined to southern Germany by Friday morning as cold air rushes across the rest of the country.

Along with the return of colder air, snow will be possible on Friday and continue into the weekend.

The best chance for accumulating snowfall on Friday will be over the higher terrain of central Germany, including Frankfurt, as well as far southern Germany.

A storm over Scandinavia will bring reoccurring shots of cool air into Germany from the northwest on Saturday, allowing snow showers to become more widespread across the country into the evening. The best chance for accumulation will be during Saturday morning when temperatures are near or below freezing.

Overall, temperatures will be below normal for early December throughout the weekend. High temperatures both Saturday and Sunday will reach only zero to 3 C (32 to 38 F) across most of the country.

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Additional cold and unsettled weather is expected Sunday and into early next week. After a storm moves through the United Kingdom on Sunday, it will push another round of moisture into western Germany.

With cold air already in place for several days, accumulating snow could move in for Baden-Wurttemberg to Lower Saxony by late afternoon on Sunday. Snow could spread eastward across the rest of the country on Sunday night.

Even more storminess is expected early next week. With below-normal temperatures across much of the country, more snow could be in store for many.

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