Icy Danish roads lead the way into mild winter weekend

Denmark's Meteorological Institute (DMI) has warned of icy roads on Friday before a slightly warmer weekend.

Icy Danish roads lead the way into mild winter weekend
File photo: Henning Bagger/Scanpix Denmark

Duty meteorologist Dan Nilsvall said drivers should use caution throughout the morning on Friday.

“Several roads will be slippery due to snow or ice across the country this morning. It will stay that way all morning,” Nilsvall said.

“It is a good idea to take care in traffic,” he added.

Temperatures will increase a little after a cold first part of the day.

“There will be some showers of snow or sleet. But there will also be a bit of sun, and the temperature will go up to about 5-6°C,” Nilsvall said.

But further snow is not expected during the coming weekend, the meteorologist added.

“Dry and partially clear weather is expected on Friday night. There will be fog in many places in the west, but it will clear up so it will be possible to see the sun [on Saturday],” he said.

“On Saturday night it seems as though a weak front will move over western areas with a little precipitation,” he continued.

Temperatures on both Saturday and Sunday will be around 5°C, precluding more snow, the meteorologist said.

But a relatively mild weekend does not mean that next week will feel less wintery than now, he added.

“After the weekend at looks as though we will move into a colder period,” 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.