Snowdrifts and more ice likely this week: DMI

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) has warned of hazardous conditions as cold weather continues this week.

Snowdrifts and more ice likely this week: DMI
Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Scanpix Denmark

Cold weather from Siberia that has left Denmark and other parts of Europe feeling frozen in recent days will be replaced by milder air from the south on Monday, according to DMI.

That change is likely to result in snow, snowdrifts and ice throughout the country, the agency forecasts.

“This massive Siberian air mass is being pushed north by milder air from the south and southwest. That will happen on Monday and will result in an increasing east-southeasterly wind,” DMI's duty meteorologist Lars Henriksen said.

“There will not be a large amount. An average for the country will be 6-7 centimetres. But in central and northern Jutland there may be up to ten centimetres locally,” Henriksen added.

New snow falling throughout Monday will combine with higher winds, increasing the possibility of snowdrifts.

Temperatures, though higher than last week, remain under zero on Monday, thereby bringing a risk of icy roads.

The rest of the week will see temperatures above freezing during the day and under zero at night.

“That means that all the snow that has fallen can melt during the day and freeze again at night. So we are at risk of very icy roads. It is important to be alert to this over coming days,” Henriksen 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.