Snow and ice forecast to continue, but losses light

Despite the cold wether in Europe, record events such as those that occurred in Bavaria in January 2006 or in Münsterland in November 2005 are not to be expected, according to research by Munich Re geo experts.

Snow breakage and heavy icing will cause some losses, however, as winter grips Europe. Southwestern Europe and northern central Europe will be hardest hit. In the UK, nine consecutive nights of sub-zero temperatures care forecast. Almost all of Europe has had snow. Unusually high levels are to be found in the areas adjoining the North Sea and Baltic Sea, for example, some 30 cm on Rügen.

The cause is cold air extending as far as northern Africa. In addition, a strong low-pressure system (Daisy) over the Mediterranean is moving from the region south of the Alps towards Eastern Europe, causing heavy precipitation on the southern flanks of the Alps, and precipitation over large parts of central Europe. Furthermore, a high-pressure system over Scandinavia is gaining force. Its interaction with the low pressure system will produce storms in the region between the northern edge of the low mountain ranges and the coast.

For an area covering all of western Europe to North Africa, this indicates freezing temperatures with some heavy snowfalls, even in coastal regions. Even in lower lying areas of central Europe, 10 to 50 cm of snow are being forecast for the coming days. Up to one metre of new snow is being predicted at higher elevations on the south side of the Alps.

For an area covering all of western Europe to North Africa, this indicates freezing temperatures with some heavy snowfalls, even in coastal regions. Even in lower lying areas of central Europe, 10 to 50 cm of snow are being forecast for the coming days. Up to one metre of new snow is being predicted at higher elevations on the south side of the Alps.