Cold snap heading to Denmark this week

Icy roads and sub-zero temperatures are forecast in Denmark for much of this week.

Cold snap heading to Denmark this week
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Motorists have been advised to drive with caution in coming days, as an easterly wind brings cold temperatures and snow across the country.

“There is a high-pressure area over the central and northern part of Scandinavia sending cold air over Denmark from the east, giving very low temperatures during the day and frost at night,” said Lars Henriksen of the Danish Meteorology Institute (DMI).

Daytime temperatures are forecast to remain between around freezing point and 2°C, dropping to up to -5°C at night. Any showers are expected to be in the form of snow or sleet.

“It is difficult to say how much snow or sleet will fall. But it is certain that motorists should continue to be extra aware of potential icy roads,” Henriksen said.

“We have not had much winter weather this year, so now we're finally getting a slice of it,” the meteorologist added.

Monday will be cloudy and damp, with snow or sleet likely in the northern part of Jutland.

On Tuesday, the winter snap will be particularly felt, with temperatures dropping to one or two degrees above zero in most of the country, although southwestern areas will be slightly warmer.

“Tuesday will be a bit mixed with isolated snow or sleet showers, but there may also be some sun,” Henriksen said.

The Scandinavian high pressure area will move over Denmark by midweek.

“Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will therefore probably not see so much wind or precipitation. But if there is wet weather it will mostly be in the form of snow,” the meteorologist 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.