Brutal winter weather caused floods in northern Germany and snow chaos and traffic disruptions in many southern parts of Germany on Wednesday…

Snowstorms led to blocked streets and cut-off a town as German authorities expect more road closures for safety reasons. Many schools will remain closed for the rest of the week.

About 350 people are still trapped in Berchtesgaden, a small town in Bavaria due to heavy snowfall. The affected residents have to be supplied with food by trucks. Further snowfalls are expected for Bavaria, some of which will be very heavy, increasing the risk of avalanches.

Disaster alarms have been declared in the upper Bavarian district

In the Bavarian Alps, the second highest avalanche warning level is in effect. Already on Tuesday numerous lifts and slopes in Bavarian ski resorts had to be closed.

Air traffic was also interrupted due to weather conditions. Freezing rain and hail paralysed operations at Cologne/Bonn airport temporarily for around an hour on Wednesday morning.

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For northern Germany, the federal maritime and hydrographic agency BSH has issued a storm surge warning for the northern Baltic coast.

The Germany’s National Meteorological Service (DWD) predicts wind speeds of 80 km per hour at the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Take a look at some of the images below:

09 January 2019, Thuringia, Oberhof: The general view of the snow-covered front of a Volkswagen car amidst freezing temperatures. Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

 

A pier is snow covered after heavy snow falls during the night at the Koenigssee lake in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
06 January 2019, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ruhestein: A winter service vehicle clears the the snow. Photo: Benedikt Spether/dpa
06 January 2019, Ruhestein: A winter service vehicle clears the the snow. Photo: Benedikt Spether/dpa
09 January 2019, Kurort Hartha: Vehicles are standing on snow-covered roads during a heavy snowfall. Photo: Tino Plunert/dpa
A man removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A road and trees are covered with snow Warngau, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
09 January 2019, Saxony-Anhalt, Schierke: Emergency workers to clear snow off a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway during a heavy snowfall. Photo: Matthias Bein/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa
09 January 2019, Saxony-Anhalt, Schierke: A train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway is covered with snow during a heavy snowfall. Photo: Matthias Bein/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa
09 January 2019, Saxony-Anhalt, Thierbach: A snow plough clears a road amid heavy snowfall. Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB

 

Author: ANA Newswire