DrWinter presents the first short guest show in Saxony. It started on Friday afternoon German Weather Service (DWD) for lowland snowfall. A DWD spokesperson in Leipzig said that snow will also remain in the mountains. Up to five centimeters can be expected from Vogtland to the western Ore Mountains. In the lowlands, where the ground is still relatively warm, white splendor will adorn the roofs of cars or garbage cans. Motorists and pedestrians must be prepared for slippery roads. Winter services reported getting ready for action on Friday — and the state’s wine growers got ready to harvest chilled wine.
The meteorologist said that the winter period will only last for a day or two. On Saturday, frosts are still expected down to the lowlands, but on Sunday temperatures have already risen above zero again. Most stay cool at altitudes above 800 to 900 metres.
People in Saxony should use Saturday to soak up some sun in the afternoon. According to DWD, it needs to be spelled out. However, it will be very cold: the maximum temperature is around zero degrees. On the night until Sunday, according to the forecast, the first clouds will appear again and bring light Snowfall with himself. According to DWD, Sunday will be cloudy and hazy.
To ensure that traffic runs smoothly despite the winter weather, municipalities have erected snow barriers on roads, especially in the mountains, stocked up on salt for de-icing and moved winter service vehicles. In the region of Saxon Switzerland – the eastern Kham Mountains alone, about 40 routes are designated for winter service, which are completed several times in two shifts from 4 am. The district office in Pirna announced on Friday that the work was also carried out in a three-shift system on selected routes in severe weather.
In order to prevent large snow drifts on the roads, about 26 kilometers of snow fences have been erected along certain sections of federal, state and district roads in the Erzgebirge region. According to the district office in Annaberg-Buchholz, 56 vehicles from road maintenance departments and 31 external service providers are available for the winter season. 17 tons of road salt were stored.
And the city of Plauen indicated, on Friday, that it is necessary to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks, and that the owners of neighboring properties are responsible for this. Trails must be cleared from 6am on weekdays and from 8am on Sundays and public holidays. The use of salt is allowed only in exceptional cases.
At the Saxon State winery Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebull near Dresden, people are hoping it will be cold enough to harvest frozen grapes for ice wine. Spokesman Martin Young said you follow the weather report closely and make decisions on short notice. The fruit strung on some 1,000 Traminère vines for the rarity desired by wine connoisseurs needs at least minus seven degrees during harvest and sufficient frost beforehand. “We hope Peter will be well behaved with us and give us the low temperatures we need.”