High winds and snow forecast for Denmark in chilly winter week

A windy and wet week is forecast in Denmark, with wind chill potentially making temperatures feel as cold as -10° Celsius.

High winds and snow forecast for Denmark in chilly winter week
File photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark

The wintry forecast was issued by Dan Nilsvall of the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) early on Monday.

“Monday will be windy, and during the day a small amount of snowfall will move across the country from the west,” Nilsvall said.

DMI expects as much as five centimetres of snow to fall during Monday night, increasing to ten centimetres in central Jutland.

“The temperature on Monday morning is below freezing in many places and we expect it to increase during the day to between zero and two degrees,” Nilsvall said.

But high winds are likely to create a chill factor that will feel significantly colder at five to ten degrees below zero.

Icy roads are also expected across the country on Monday.

“Care must be taken when driving, including this afternoon on the way home from work. Particularly in Jutland, where roads might be slippery from the snow,” the meteorologist said.

Sleet and rain are forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday as a wet week continues with temperatures of around 3-4°C.

“The wind will slow down late on Monday night, so Tuesday and Wednesday will have relatively calm wind conditions,” Nilsvall said.

But strong winds are predicted to return on Thursday, the meteorologist added.

“The forecasts are a little uncertain. But it currently looks as though a low-pressure area will move over the Skagerak sea. That may bring storm-level wind forces, especially on the west coast of Jutland,” he said.

If the sun makes any appearance at all this week, it is most likely to be inbetween showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The days are short at the moment,” Nilsvall said.

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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.