Deadly snowfall wreaks havoc across Europe

Posted: January 8, 2019 by oldbrew in Natural Variation, News, weather

Snow in Bavaria [image credit: BBC]

It seems that rumours of the end of snowy European winters have been greatly exaggerated. Countries as far south as Greece have been badly affected.

Winter storms have killed several people across Europe, including in Germany, reports

While conditions have improved in some parts, meteorologists predict it’s just the calm before the next storm.

Several people have been killed by extreme weather conditions in Europe, including a 44-year-old man in the German town of Wackersberg in Bavaria and a young woman on the Teisenberg in the Berchtesgaden region.

In western Austria, five people were killed over the weekend. Norwegian officials said that four people, including a Swedish woman and three Finnish skiers, were killed by an avalanche.

With meteorologists still expecting inclement weather throughout the week, Dutch airline KLM announced it had canceled at least 159 European flights to and from Amsterdam due to the conditions.

More snow on its way

Meteorologists at the German Weather Service (DWD) expected up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) of snow in the Berchtesgaden district in southeast Bavaria on Monday and up to 40 centimeters in parts of the Alps and Alpine foothills.

The service also warned of avalanches and snow damage, for instance from falling branches.

The region has been hit with 60 centimeters of snow, according to the DWD, though it says the flurry could ease up temporarily on Monday afternoon.

Several Bavarian school districts have canceled classes on Monday because of the conditions.

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  1. ivan says:

    Where do they get the idea that this is ‘extreme’ weather – this is normal for winter in Europe. All blame for accidents and deaths should be be blamed on the extreme bullshit spewed out by the UN Church of Climatology with their ‘children won’t know what snow is’ and we must clear all obstructions to let the wind blow over the land to drive the turbines.

  2. Jamie Spry says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:

    ❄️ SNOW will become “A very rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” – Dr. Viner CRU (2000)
    ❄️ “Milder winter temps will decrease heavy snowstorms” IPCC (2001)
    ❄️ “Resorts could lose 1/4 of snow in 15 years” – CSIRO (2003)
    ❄️ “Alps Under Threat” THE AGE (2005)
    ❄️ “End of Snow?” NYTimes (2014)

    AND, for the “global warming = more moisture in the air” enthusiasts, don’t forget that you need *cold* air to make snow.

  3. oldbrew says:

  4. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Look like the cold is on the move and the sudden stratospheric warming could impact for months to come.

  5. oldbrew says:

    Winter storm blasts Europe; 13 dead amid heavy snow, gusts

    January 8, 2019 at 12:03p.m.

    BERLIN (AP) — Deadly winter weather blasted Europe for yet another day today, trapping hundreds of people in Alpine regions, whipping up high winds that caused flight delays and cancellations and raising the risks of more deadly avalanches in the mountains.

    At least 13 people have been killed in weather-related accidents in Europe over the last week, most of them from avalanches.

  6. oldbrew says:

    Possible change in UK weather patterns by the end of January…

  7. oldbrew says:


    -20 °C in Murmansk 😐
    Feels Like: -28°
    . . .
    -43 °C in Yakutsk

  8. ivan says:

    oldbrew, that is just weather or at least that is the excuse the UN Church of Climatology will use. 😉

  9. oldbrew says:

    Nick Finnis Blog – 9th January 2019 18:59
    Latest On Sudden Stratospheric Warming & How It May Bring Much Colder Weather

    Is the Sudden Stratospheric Warming still on track to bring the UK much colder weather with snow?

    So is the UK still likely to see a pattern change caused by the SSW that will bring an increased chance of colder weather with snow? Yes, the potential is still there, but I will discuss the reasons why it is taking so long for the pattern to change, even though, as the name suggests, there was a sudden warming of the stratosphere on the 1st of January.
    . . .
    The recent and current large snowfalls and freezing temperatures over central and eastern Europe could be a result of the displacement and split of the stratospheric polar vortex towards central/eastern Europe.
    [author’s emphasis]

  10. oldbrew says:

    Date 09.01.2019
    Winter storms hit Europe with avalanche threat over the Alps

    Austria has issued its highest warning for avalanches while food had to be trucked into an Alpine village in Bavaria for residents stuck in their homes. At least 14 people have died, and more snow is forecast.
    . . .
    Schools stayed closed in mountainous parts of Austria and Germany on Wednesday as warnings of avalanches were made for several regions. Hundreds of people stayed in their homes due to blocked roads.

    Food was trucked into the Berchtesgaden neighborhood of Buchenhöhe in the Alps near the Austrian border southeast of Munich for the 350 residents unable to leave their homes because of the snow.

    Roads were blocked leading to a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) traffic jam near Munich on Wednesday. There were power outages in some areas after snow-laden trees took down power lines. Some buildings collapsed from the weight of the snow on the roof. One man was badly injured when he fell from his roof in Turrach, Austria, while shovelling snow.