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Germany: Freezing Rain Expected to Create Dangerous Conditions on Streets and Roads

Streets and roads in parts of Germany, including Berlin and Brandenburg, will be affected by freezing rain today, according to the German Meteorological Service. The conditions could be dangerous.

Berlin, December 19th, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — An official weather warning is in place in Germany. The problem is that the temperatures are rising while the ground is still frozen. Experts say this combination can create dangerous conditions. In the early afternoon, freezing rain was supposed to reach Berlin. In parts of Brandenburg, it started this morning.

Ice Layers

The German Meteorological Service issued a statement according to which people should stay indoors as a precaution. Obviously, icy streets can pose a danger to everyone, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. People who are required to take trips by car are supposed to bring along blankets and fill up their gasoline tanks, just in case they get stuck due to icy roads.

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In the late morning, the Berlin Fire Department warned residents. “Please be careful!”, a statement read. At the same time, Berliners were told not to step on frozen waters. Even before the temperatures started rising today, the ice layers were not thick enough to hold people.

Zoos Closed

Berlin’s second zoo known as ‘Tierpark’ just closed its gates because of the icy conditions. The other one, Zoo Berlin, was shut down on November 18th due to a bird flu case and still has not reopened. Only the aquarium is open.

In the past days, temperatures in both Berlin and Brandenburg had constantly been well below the freezing point. This week, they are increasing. Weather forecasters say they will not go below 0 degrees Centigrade (32 degrees Fahrenheit) again this week, not even at night. The maximum daytime temperatures are supposed to be 7 to 9 degrees C (45 to 48 degrees F).

Frozen Ground

But because the ground is still frozen, the expected rain will turn streets into ice rinks. In Berlin, the danger could persist until 6:00 p.m. CET. Other regions in Germany are affected as well.

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