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Germany: Snow to change to rain as surge of warmth accompanies weekend storm

A potent storm will bring brief snow, rain and strong winds to Germany this weekend.

Milder air arriving with the storm will cause any snow in northern and central Germany to quickly change to rain; however, there can be minor accumulations into Saturday morning.

Anyone traveling from Hamburg southward to Frankfurt and eastward to Berlin may have to contend with slower travel, especially in the hills and on untreated roads, as a coating to 2 cm (1 inch) of snow falls on the region.

It is not out of the question for 5 cm (2 inches) to whiten the highest elevations in the Central Uplands. Meanwhile, the air should remain warm enough in southern Germany for only rain showers to occur on Saturday afternoon.

As milder air arrives, the snow will change to rain by Saturday afternoon and reduce the threat of slick travel.

Travel, however, will not improve completely as periods of rain will persist in northern Germany into Sunday.

Rainfall in excess of 25 mm (1 inch) this weekend can result in small stream and urban flooding in northwestern Germany, including in Bremen and Hamburg. Flooding is not expected to be a widespread issue.

Along with the rain, strong southwesterly winds will develop across the north on Sunday and could reach 85 km/h (50 mph) at times. These strong winds, combined with the rain, threaten to lead to more travel disruptions with the greatest impacts expected from Munster to Bremen to Hamburg.

Gusty winds, albeit not as strong, will blow across the rest of the country this weekend and usher in mild air.

The mild air will spread into western Germany on Saturday with high temperatures reaching 9 C (48 F) in Frankfurt and 10-11 C (50-51 F) in Cologne and Dusseldorf.

The surge of warmth will be felt across all of Germany on Sunday. High temperatures of 10-12 C (50-54 F) will be common from Hamburg to Frankfurt and Berlin. Farther south, a high temperature of 14 C (57 F) is expected in Munich.

Sunday's highs will be more representative of those recorded in late March or early April. However, the winds, along with rain in the north, will make the air feel colder.

Content contributed by AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.