IN PICTURES: Early December blizzards disrupt Denmark

Heavy snow in Denmark in the first two days of December has caused disruption in parts of the country.

An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd.
An Aalborg resident shovels snow from her driveway on December 2nd. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell on Wednesday in North Jutland, resulting in flights being ground and public transport grinding to a halt.

Electric scooters buried under the snow in Aalborg. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Customers and staff at the Aalborg branch of Ikea camped for the night in the store after being snowed in.

Snow on the E45 motorway in Jutland. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Rail traffic across the Great Belt Bridge was meanwhile severely disrupted due to a fallen cable with trains between Odense and Nyborg still not running at the time of writing. They are expected to resume at 8pm Thursday, operator DSB tweeted. Trains were also temporarily suspended between Aarhus and Aalborg.

Snow also hit capital Copenhagen, here seen in Frederiksberg. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Snowfall was expected to taper off during Thursday afternoon with most ground snow melting, met agency DMI said according to broadcaster DR.

Snow-covered bicycles in Copenhagen district Frederiksberg. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

But more snow or sleet could be on the way on Thursday night, eliciting a risk of icy roads, the agency warned.

Snow at Aalborg’s Mølleparken on Thursday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

North Jutland is again expected to see the coldest weather with temperatures between -8 and -3 degrees Celsius.

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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.