Denmark salts roads with snow and sleet forecast

Road authorities in Denmark say they are salting surfaces ahead of expected snowfall on Wednesday.

Denmark salts roads with snow and sleet forecast
Snow in Aalborg on Wednesday. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Motorists preparing to drive on Wednesday afternoon should prepare for snow or sleet with conditions around freezing, the Danish Met office DMI said.

DMI issued early on Wednesday a warning for heavy snow in much of northern and eastern Jutland, the Great Belt Bridge region and western and northern Zealand.

In a later update on Wednesday, the warning was limited to areas of Zealand.

“The most important thing is to prepare your car for these winter journeys. That means removing all the snow from windscreens and making sure windows are demisted, so you can see properly,” Søren W. Rasmussen, auto editor with motorists’ organisation FDM’s magazine Motor, told news wire Ritzau.

‘Heavy’ snowfall as alerted by DMI means that over 15 centimetres of snow falls within a six-hour period.

Air temperature will be around freezing, meaning much of the snow could take the form of sleet. Ground temperature is also relatively high, meaning snow has less chance of taking on the ground.

The Danish Roads Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) said it was prepared to salt roads in advance of forecast snow in affected areas.

“When snowfall is imminent we do a salting ahead of the snow, so the salt works on the snow in the first instance,” operations manager Carina Meldgaard Frandsen told news wire Ritzau.

The roads authority also has the option of using snow plows where necessary.

Despite this, snow will increase the likelihood of slippery and hazardous roads on Wednesday afternoon. Rasmussen advised motorists to keep a greater distance than usual in traffic and to reduce speeds.

“It’s simply related to snow and ice on the road meaning that friction is reduced and you therefore need a longer distance to brake,” he said.

Most areas will receive between two and eight centimetres of snow according to DMI. Local areas may see heavier coatings.

READ ALSO: Driving in Denmark: When should you change to winter tyres?

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Danish speed camera warning app to be switched off

The app, which warns motorists about upcoming speed checks on roads, is to be switched off at the end of January.

Danish speed camera warning app to be switched off

A message appeared in the app confirming that it will no longer work from next month, media Avisen Danmark reported.

“It is with great regret that we are unable to continue running the app due to technical challenges and new requirements from Google Maps that we are unable to meet,” the message states. warns users about speed checks as well as accidents and other traffic disruptions on Danish roads.

Users of the app submit reports of speed checks, accidents or queues to the app, which other users are then able to see. The app is free to use.

According to its website, the app has over 300,000 active users in Denmark.

It is legal to use but several politicians have previously criticised it and other similar apps, accusing it of being immoral.

But so-called “gossip apps” (sladre-apps) are generally well regarded according to comments previously made by Aalborg University traffic researcher Harry Lahrmann to news wire Ritzau .

“These apps actually have the same effect as if you see a police car driving on the road on patrol. You drive nicely when you see a police car, and a warning about speed checks can have the same effect on road users,” Lahrmann said.

Road safety advocacy group Rådet for Sikker Trafik recommends only using an app that uses sound alerts, so that drivers don’t read text messages or notifications while driving.