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Essen (dpa / lnw) – On the second morning in a row, wintry weather obstructed rush hour traffic in parts of North Rhine-Westphalia. First there was snow, then isolated thunderstorms – Wednesday morning in NRW was rather uncomfortable. For the lowlands, people had to be prepared for rain or sleet showers in the afternoon, as the German Weather Service (DWD) announced. The DWD also warns of slipperiness and individual gusts of wind in the summit locations. The maximum values were between five and eight degrees, in the mountains around two degrees.
When it comes to the forecast, the meteorologists assume calming down from Thursday. Precipitation can only occur in the north and east of North Rhine-Westphalia. At higher altitudes, snow and the associated slippery roads are still possible at lows of zero to minus two degrees. Otherwise it remains mostly dry with maximum temperatures between seven and ten degrees, in the high altitudes four degrees.
As on the previous day, the police in parts of North Rhine-Westphalia had a lot to do due to the onset of winter. In Wermelskirchen in the Rheinisch-Bergisches Kreis, the winter service helpers were dependent on help themselves. A gritting and clearing vehicle had slipped into the trench and overturned. Nobody was harmed during the accident. In the Warendorf district, a semi-trailer truck turned across, as the police announced in the morning. This could be recovered within about an hour.
In Datteln on the northern edge of the Ruhr area, a truck slid into a ditch. As a result, a guardrail was damaged, said a police spokesman. In the urban areas of Duisburg and Hamm, the officials also warned of smooth curves and bridges. Several bridges have been closed in Duisburg. The police in Detmold and Düsseldorf reported: gritter in use. But there were no accidents there.
A truck from Portugal got stuck on a country road near Altenbeken in the Paderborn area after losing a snow chain. In another accident, a car slipped against a guardrail. The police discovered freshly fitted summer tires and estimated the damage at around 10,000 euros. The driver stated that he had only changed the tires the week before. According to the police, he now has to pay a fine of 120 euros and expect a point in Flensburg.
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