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Wintry showers to blast Germany as waves of colder air arrive this week

Both rain and snow are in the forecast across much of Germany on Wednesday and Thursday.

A small storm moving through Germany will bring unsettled weather across most of the country on Tuesday, kicking off the wintry weather. Rain showers will mix with snow for Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklensburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin and Brandenburg.

The snow that does fall will likely bring little to no accumulation. At the most, grassy areas could see a dusting of snow.

The cold air ushered by this storm will continue to influence the weather into the end of the week.

On Wednesday, showers will occur from the Netherlands and Schleswig-Holstein through Lower Saxony to Hesse North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Pfalz. However, the cold air will linger in eastern Germany, where Berlin and Saxony to Baden-Wurttemberg will have a mixture of rain and snow.

Readings in cities like Berlin and Dresden will hover near the freezing mark for much of the day, which is near normal for this time of year.

"The higher terrain in the Alps could see 2-8 cm (0.80 to 3.15 inches) on Wednesday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said. "Generally, other areas should see about 2 cm or less of snow accumulation."

On Wednesday night, the rain and snow will begin to taper off, only allowing for some light precipitation.

Another wave of wet and wintry weather will arrive for Thursday.

Eastern parts of the country, including the cities of Berlin and Munich, will remain dry on Thursday; however, clouds will engulf the entire country as showers push in from the west.

The cold air still in place across Bremen, Lower Saxony and northern North Rhine-Westphalia will allow for a mix of rain and snow as the new wave of wet weather moves in.

"There could be enough energy with this new system to spark a squall line, or a line of sudden wind and storms, in the Netherlands and Belgium on Thursday morning," Roys added. "By the time that the heavier precipitation reaches Germany, it will be in the afternoon."

For the most part, the squall line will only bring a period or two of heavier rain and some stronger winds, capable of localized damage. However, it could rain hard enough to briefly reduce visibility for motorists in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Pfalz, Saarland, and parts of Baden-Wurttemberg.

Ponding on roadways could linger for a time following any downpours.

For the end of the week, another round of cold is expected. Those traveling on Friday could be dealing with periods of light snow across much of the country. With temperatures low enough for snow, any standing water leftover from the heavy rain on Thursday could cause icy spots Thursday night and into Friday morning.

High temperatures on Friday will likely be 3-6 C (5-10 F) degrees below the afternoon highs that started the week on Monday.