First snow of the winter set to fall in Denmark

The first snow of the winter is forecast to fall in parts of Denmark on Friday.

First snow of the winter set to fall in Denmark
File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) confirmed the wintry forecast early on Friday morning.

“We currently have a fairly widespread area of precipitation, covering northern Funen and going up through Jutland, and there is also rain in some parts of Zealand,” DMI meteorologist Erik Hansen said.

“Jutland is most likely to get sleet and melting snow as the rainfall gets colder, and that is also likely to happen in the rest of the country during the morning, when the temperatures will actually fall,” he added.

Friday morning’s temperatures are around 1 degree Celsius in Jutland and 4-5 degrees Celsius in Zealand.

“But temperatures will drop fairly quickly during the next few hours,” Hansen said at around 5:30am on Friday.

“And the rainfall can then turn into melting snow. When I say ‘melting’, it's because we don't expect it to settle,” he added.

“Perhaps we will get some white lawns out of it,” the meteorologist also said.

Snow is most likely in the northern and eastern parts of the country, while rain is more probable in the south and west.

“It will be a cold day and it will also be very windy,” Hansen said.

Clear but cold weather is forecast for the coming weekend.

“We will get some sun. Locally, there may be some showers, but most will experience dry weather with some sun,” Hansen 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.