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Germany: Snow, icy mix to threaten travelers early this weekend

Wintry weather threatens to cause minor travel disruptions across Germany to start the weekend.

Following a chilly week for much of the country, temperatures will rise for the end of the weekend, but not before one last taste of winter weather.

A front will move in from the Netherlands and Belgium late on Friday, reaching northwestern Germany on Friday afternoon. With temperatures near to below freezing when the front arrives, there is concern for rain to freeze on surfaces from western Lower Saxony to Saarland.

There will still be icy spots for a couple of hours after temperatures rise above freezing since roads will be slower to warm up after the recent cold snap.

The icy precipitation will continue to engulf western and central Germany on Friday night.

"Roads and sidewalks that are untreated will likely be slippery enough for some travel issues," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said.

By early Saturday morning, the precipitation will reach eastern Germany, including Berlin. The cooler air in place from Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian to Bavaria will allow some nuisance snow to fall.

Amounts for most of eastern eastern Germany will range from 2 cm (1 inch) to as much as 8 cm (3 inches) before the snow winds down on Saturday morning. The greater amounts will be more common in the higher elevations of Bavaria and the Alps.

Just a dusting of snow can cause treacherous travel conditions.

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Untreated sidewalks will be slick enough to cause issues for pedestrians. Untreated roadways with a coating of snow could also pose problems for motorists, especially on secondary roads and in neighborhoods.

The snow and icy mix will mix with or end as rain across most of the country without fresh harsh cold in the front's wake.

This weekend, temperatures in many places will rise above freezing for the first time in a week.

Even milder air will pour in next week as the weather pattern changes and prevents intrusions of cold air.

Content contributed by AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.