Storm Ingolf raises water levels in Denmark

Water levels were at high levels in Denmark late on Sunday after Storm Ingolf poured over the country.

Storm Ingolf raises water levels in Denmark
Flooding in Horsens. Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Polfoto/Ritzau

But raised water levels have not caused major damage and are now receding, police have reported.

“It has been very windy, particularly in the Kattegat sea, which is part of what has caused water levels to rise,” said Martin Lindberg of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

At 1:40am Monday DMI reported water levels had peaked “in all areas”.

“High water will drop under 100 centimetres in most places during the next one to two hours, with the exception of Roskilde Fjord, where it is reducing slowly and will be under 100 centimetres on Monday,” Lindberg added.

Water began to rise along the Danish coast and at fjords and rivers across the country from 6pm on Sunday.

A 60-year-old man in the town of Svinninge was killed when he lost control of his car due to water on the road at around 9pm, reports Ritzau.

By 10pm, the high water was gradually receding on the island of Funen, where the worst of the flooding had been forecast. High water levels in Odense Fjord reached 162cm before beginning to recede, reports broadcaster TV2.

At Roskilde, steps were taken to protect the city’s Viking Ship Museum, which houses five original Viking ships excavated in the area, with water levels as high as 160cm forecast.

But water did not rise as far as had been feared.

“We did not get anywhere near 160 centimetres. The highest we measured in the Fjord was 131 centimetres,” Mid and West Zealand Police communications officer Merete Scheensbeck said.

Scheensbeck confirmed that the museum, which is located at the fjord, was undamaged.

“That is thanks to good work by authorities and a big effort by volunteers,” she said.

In nearby Frederikssund, the Crown Prince Frederik Bridge – which crosses the Roskilde Fjord – was closed temporarily the storm before being reopened at around midnight.

Ingolf caused some disruption in other parts of Denmark.

Several roads were closed in harbour areas in the towns of Horsens and Vejle in Jutland.

A closed road due to flooding in Horsens. Photo: Mikkel Berg Pedersen/Polfoto/Ritzau

Aarhus was also affected by problems related to the high water level.

DMI also issued a warning regarding potential flooding in coastal areas of northern Zealand relating to high water levels there.

That warning remained in place until Monday morning.

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How much will it snow in Denmark this weekend?

Winter weather arrived in spectacular fashion to coincide with the beginning of December this week. The weekend could bring more snow to parts of the country but probably less disruption than recent days.

Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December.
Parts of Denmark have seen heavy snow in early December. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Recent snowstorms disrupted North Jutland in particular and Denmark in general, and more cold weather can be expected this weekend albeit severe, according to forecasts.

“We won’t see the Ragnarok-like weather we’ve seen in some places recently again this weekend, but it’s now winter weather and it has also snowed in several places overnight,” said meteorologist Frank Nielsen of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

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Cold weather on Friday and a low front across the North Sea will bring clouds and precipitation across Denmark from the west, Nielsen said.

That will materialise as cold rain or sleet in many areas but probably snow in North Jutland, he said.

“There could be between five and ten centimetres of snow north of the Limfjord,” the meteorologist said, referring to the waterway that cuts across the northern part of Jutland, including main regional city Aalborg.

“In the southern part of the country, an equivalent five to ten centimetres of rain could fall,” he added.

Friday’s temperature will be between freezing point and five degrees Celsius, with the north of the country falling in to the lower end of that range and the south the warmer end.

Mist and fog is forecast this evening, caused by various weather fronts moving over Denmark.

That could still be felt on Saturday morning, though it is likely to be a little warmer at 2-6 degrees Celsius. Mild winds could make that fell chiller, but snow is unlikely.

Sunday will see the temperature drop again, to 0-4 degrees Celsisu. Snow is possible, particularly on eastern coasts.

Strong winds in the east of the country and along the coasts will result in a “rather cold 24 hours,” Nielsen said.

Nighttime temperatures are expected to drop below zero throughout the weekend. Motorists are therefore warned to be alert to icy road surfaces.