Heavy snowstorm pounds Germany, upends travel

BERLIN: A snowstorm and strong winds pounded northern and western Germany on Sunday, requiring trains to cancel journeys and leading to numerous roadway mishaps. Authorities stated 28 individuals were hurt on icy roads.Authorities brought homeless people into warm shelters amid the sub-zero temperatures.National train operator Deutsche Bahn stated primary train paths between Hamburg and Hannover Berlin and the west were canceled as snowdrifts accumulated on the tracks and power lines. Some train connections in the east were also canceled, though the majority of the snow came down in the northwest.Police in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia stated early Sunday they had counted 222 accidents due to the bad weather considering that Saturday afternoon. They stated 2 individuals among the 26 were severely injured.The German Weather Service DWD advised people to stay at house. In the western city of Muenster, among the hardest struck places in the nation, there was so much snow on the streets that ambulances could no longer drive. More than 30 centimeters (nearly 12 inches) of snow had fallen, accumulating to 1 meter (over 3 feet) in some parts, and more snow was anticipated to fall on Sunday.City authorities in the western town of Hagen walked through the streets at night waking up homeless individuals sleeping outside and taking them to shelters, the German news company dpa reported. In Berlin, the capital’s greatest shelter, a tent city on the borders, was cleared early Saturday to ensure individuals don’t freeze to death in sub-zero temperatures.While the west of the nation was freezing, southern Germany experienced pleasant, spring-like temperatures.The uncommon weather and temperature level divide was triggered by a polar vortex pushing icy air from the Arctic toward northern Germany just as a low pressure front brings wet, warm weather condition from the southwest, the DWD said.

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