Spiegel reports on tough winter conditions now battering large areas of Central and Eastern Europe, who were told just a few years ago, based on “advanced models”, that this would become “rare – a thing of the past”.
Cold, snow and wind batter Europe again.
So much for rare and a thing of the past. Europe has seen much snow and cold over all of the last 5 winters!
The online Spiegel.here reports on heavy winter weather taking a deadly toll across the continent.
Four people died in Croatia and one in Serbia because of the cold authorities reported on Sunday. Traffic came to a standstill at many locations, the airport in Zagreb was closed for hours. Also German President Joachim Gauck was delayed for hours flying back to Germany.”
Southeastern Europe was hit especially hard, with up to a half a meter of snow falling in the Balkan region. More lives were claimed in Poland, where Spiegel writes: “The winter outbreak has claimed 3 lives since Friday, temperatures in some regions fell below minus 15°C.”
Spiegel writes that German meteorologists at the German Weather Service (DWD) are expecting up to 20 centimeters of snow by Monday accompanied by dangerous blizzard conditions.
No change in weather is in sight: ‘Snow, ice and frost will accompany us through next week.'”
The English language The Local here reports on German weather conditions:
DWD issued snow storm warnings for several regions including parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Thuringia. The coldest temperatures of the winter so far at minus 22 degrees Celsius were recorded in Sohland in the Upper Lausitz area.”
Scandinavia was also har hit last week, where as many as 30 centimeters of snow fell during a “blizzard”, the English language Swedish The Local reported.