Snow dump puts northern Germany in deep freeze

BERLIN (Reuters) - Snowed blanketed northern Germany on Sunday, prompting rail operator Deutsche Bahn to suspend connections to the Netherlands and some long-distance domestic services as the national weather centre warned of “extremely heavy drifting snow”.

Temperatures dropped to -7 degrees Celsius (19 degrees Fahrenheit) and Berlin and Hanover, and strong winds from the east whipped up snow storms, the DWD weather service said.

The bad weather hit a band running from Muenster in the west to Saxony in the east, with an area to the south of Hanover hit hardest.

Deutsche Bahn said on its website that long-distance train services between Berlin, Hanover and Cologne were suspended until further notice.