Snow may be only bright spot in grey, cold Danish weekend

Whether or not you like the snow, it may be the only bright thing in this weekend’s weather.

Snow may be only bright spot in grey, cold Danish weekend
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Forecasts from national meteorological agency DMI show a particularly high likelihood of snow in the east of the country on Saturday.

Snow may also fall elsewhere during the weekend, which is predicted to be cold throughout.

On Friday, skies will be cloudy with temperatures between freezing and 2°C, with possible snowfall in northern parts of Jutland and Zealand early in the day, as well as in the south west later on.

“Saturday will be the most exciting day, because that’s when there’s the highest chance of snow,” DMI meteorologist Matrin Lindberg said.

A low front east of the country will be responsible for any snow on Saturday as it passes over Bornholm towards Sweden.

“That could bring snow to the entire eastern part of the country. Particularly during the course of the day as the temperature begins to fall,” Lindberg said.

A cold Saturday will begin at 0-2°C, before falling slightly towards freezing point as evening approaches.

Between one and seven centimetres of snow are predicted by DMI to fall in eastern Denmark on Saturday.

Sunday will also be cold, with localised snow or sleet.

“But it will clear up from the west, so Jutland may see some sun in the afternoon, while the east will also have grey weather,” Lindberg said.

A mild to moderate northwesterly wind will provide slight respite from the cold, with up to 3°C during the day, before temperatures again dip towards freezing on Sunday night.

“It could be a very cold evening and night with sub-zero across the country, all the way down to -8°C locally,” the DMI meteorologist said.

Drivers are advised to be alert to ice on the road throughout the weekend, he added.

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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.