Danish freeze set to continue this week, but more snow unlikely

After Monday’s snowfall, several days of drier weather are forecast in Denmark.

Danish freeze set to continue this week, but more snow unlikely
Snow in Copenhagen on Monday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

But motorists should nevertheless expect to scrape their car windows every morning, with nighttime temperatures predicted to stay under freezing point throughout the week.

“It will be a very peaceful week. But windshields must be scraped and paths gritted, so postmen and binmen can do their jobs,” said meteorologist Bolette Brødsgaard of weather agency DMI.

“There is a precipitation area moving towards the country with rain, sleet and snow. But the amounts will not be too great, with a maximum of 1-2 centimetres of thawing snow in the east of the country,” Brødsgaard said early on Monday before snow fell in Copenhagen.

The wet weather will clear later on Monday, with a clear night and temperatures from -5° Celsius up to freezing point predicted.

Tuesday will see drier weather with brief sunny spells, particularly in the east, the meteorologist said.

“Daytime temperatures will be just over freezing point. It will certainly not be warm – between two and three degrees. And at night we will get down to a couple of degrees below zero,” Brødsgaard said.

Dry weather is expected to continue further into the week.

“Things will continue in the same vein. Wednesday will see a lot of clouds, but possibly also some sun. The temperature will be close to freezing, possibly also during the day,” Brødsgaard said.

“Thursday will actually also be the same. The wind is not very strong, but Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will switch to an easterly direction, which will give us the drier weather,” she added.

The prognosis for Friday remains uncertain.

“It looks as if a front is approaching, which would mean more wind. But that is still very uncertain,” Brødsgaard 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.