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Snow threatens to snarl travel in southern Germany late this week

The combination of cold air and a stormy pattern will cause accumulating snow across the southern half of Germany into Friday night.

Early on Thursday, a storm will start in France and Belgium, but the first flakes will reach western parts of Rhineland-Pfalz and North Rhine-Westphalia around midday. Snow will continue to spread southward throughout the afternoon.

Snow will engulf most of the country Thursday night, from Schleswig-Holstein to Bavaria. Near the Netherlands in western Lower Saxony and western North Rhine-Westphalia, temperatures will still be too warm to allow much snow to fall.

"Some flakes could mix in late Thursday night in Dusseldorf," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said. "But most of the accumulating snow will be off to the southeast and towards the Alps."

Those waking up in Frankfurt and Cologne on Friday morning will be greeted with a light accumulation. Any untreated roadways and sidewalks could be slippery, leading to difficult travel.

During the day on Friday, snow will continue across Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and southern Lower Saxony on southward to the Alps.

"Snow will continue into Friday night before dissipating," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said. "The snow will be light in nature for the most part but will be persistent, allowing for some accumulation."

While a cloudy but dry Friday is anticipated for Berlin and Hamburg, snow amounts will increase farther south across Germany.

Munich could be one of the worst-hit cities in Germany, with as much as 15 cm (6 inches) forecast for the the region. Those driving or who have flights in or out of the area should expect delays.

However, the worst effects of this snow storm will stay off to the south.

"The highest elevations of the Alps is likely where the heaviest snow will be. These areas could get over 30 cm (12 inches)," Richards added.

For the weekend, the cool air will persist across Germany. Waves of snow will once again be possible for Rhenland-Pfalz, Hesse, Thuringia, Saarlnad, Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria, especially on Sunday.

Drier weather is expected early in the new week.