The german weather service (DWD) considers the heavy snowfalls in the alpine region of the past days to be unusual, but they were not an "unusual" weather event.
The amount of snow that fell in the berchtesgadener land with highs of up to 150 centimeters is in the return period of 2 to 15 years, the agency said wednesday in offenbach. The isolated snow height of up to two meters occurs every 30 to 50 years.
Apart from abundant snow in the alps and in the erzgebirge mountains, the meteorological winter has also been rather mild so far, according to the weather service. But with the beginning of the "second half" it will gradually become colder. On thursday the deep "hinne" provides for windy showery weather. Snow, sleet or sleet are possible down to low elevations, a spokeswoman said. Especially in the night to friday there is a danger of slippery roads.
After a mild five to nine degrees on thursday, it will be significantly fresher from friday onwards. The high temperatures were then only allowed to be between one and five degrees, at the weekend the meteorologists expect permafrost in the southeast of germany.
Meanwhile, the snow situation in southern bavaria continues to ease. In some areas almost normal conditions returned on wednesday. In other areas, however, thousands of helpers were still at work, shoveling roofs, among other things. A part of the town of schleching in upper bavaria was evacuated due to acute avalanche danger. Around 230 people fall in love with their homes as a precautionary measure.
The biathlon world cup in ruhpolding, postponed to thursday because of the snow chaos, will take place. This was announced by the organizers late wednesday evening. The men's sprint originally scheduled for wednesday was canceled due to the severe winter weather.
The disaster situation continued in the counties of miesbach, traunstein and berchtesgadener land. Most schools resumed classes on wednesday.
Train traffic resumed on many routes. The regional lines interrupted by the snow have been reopened, as the german railroads announced on wednesday. In many ski resorts the lifts were running again on wednesday in bright sunshine. For instance, at germany's highest ski resort on the zugspitze, winter sports enthusiasts were able to take their swings again.
Meanwhile, four days after a serious avalanche in lech (austria), a large team of 60 rescue workers found the last of the four trapped german skiers. The body of the 28-year-old ski instructor was found by means of a probe at a depth of two and a half meters, said a police spokesman on wednesday. The man was part of a group of skiers from baden-wurttemberg who were buried by an avalanche on a closed route on saturday. His three friends were already found dead on sunday.