What happened to spring? Snow, sleet and icy roads this weekend in Denmark

A wintry April weekend lies in wait for Denmark, but there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

What happened to spring? Snow, sleet and icy roads this weekend in Denmark
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Mild April weather is keeping a low profile for the time being, with cold nights and wet days persisting throughout this weekend, according to forecasts from national meteorological agency DMI.

“This weekend will offer up cold winds and sub-zero temperatures. Friday morning will see showers with snow and sleet here and there,” DMI’s Dan Nilsvall said.

The damp weather will continue throughout the day, particularly in the south, although there may be some intermittent sunshine.

Temperatures are under freezing point this morning, with Jutland seeing the worst of the chill with as low as -5 degrees Celsius measured.

“North Jutland will have sun at the start of the day, but it is also here that it will be coldest. During the day, we expect temperatures to come up and reached between 5 and 7 degrees (Celsius),” Nilsvall said.

Winds will be mild to moderate, with stronger gusts locally in coastal areas.

“There is a cold front being pulled down over the country, making it feel cold. Friday and Saturday will feel particularly cold,” Nilsvall said.

Night-time temperature on Friday is forecast to range between -2°C and 3°C.

Motorists, particularly in areas with snowfall, should be wary of icy roads, the DMI meteorologist said.

“My advice would be to drive carefully during night and morning hours, but it will get better when the sun comes up,” Nilsvall said.

The cold weather will continue Saturday, with isolated showers, mostly in the south, and temperatures between 5 and 9 degrees Celsius.

“We’ll see the sun at the start of the day, but it will be cloudy again later. In the south, there may be showers with rain or hail,” Nilsvall said.

On Sunday, the weather is expected to improve slightly, with a good chance of sun and clear weather.

North Jutland will see the most sun, but the south will again be subjected to snow, hail and rain. The snow could settle in some areas, with up to a few centimetres staying on the ground throughout the night.

Those despondent about the sudden disappearance of spring can take some comfort in DMI’s forecast for next week, which currently shows warmer daytime temperatures reaching into the teens from Thursday onwards.

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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.