Snow in Germany snarls traffic, causes flights to be diverted
RHEIN-MAIN AIR BASE, Germany — A Wednesday morning snowfall caused two cargo planes to be diverted from Rhein-Main Air Base to Ramstein Air Base, but operations were not heavily affected by the storm.
“We had some delays early this morning but we’re back on schedule now,” Staff Sgt. Matthew Summers, a spokesman for the 469th Air Base Group at Rhein-Main, said at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rhein-Main averages 40 takeoffs or landings per day, he said.
The snow snarled traffic in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and Frankfurt during the morning commute. Darmstadt elementary and middle schools were closed as well as Babenhausen Elementary School, but schools in Wiesbaden, where 2¼ inches fell, opened for business as usual.
In only a few areas was snowfall more than just a trace, according to Tech. Sgt. Raul Mananquil, a forecaster for the U.S. Air Forces, Europe, Operational Weather Squadron at Sembach Air Base, Germany. Mananquil said Ramstein Air Base, for example, where snow was reported Wednesday morning, received only about one-eighth inch.
Scattered snow showers and temperatures near freezing were forecast for central Germany on Thursday, Mananquil said, but no significant snow accumulation was expected.