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STUTTGART, Germany — Many locations in Germany were expected to receive 2 inches or more of snow on Monday and Tuesday, with heavier snow predicted for eastern and southern regions.

Wet weather was expected to continue through the week, according to Senior Airman Ben Lee, a regional forecaster with the 21st Operational Weather Squadron in Sembach.

But Lee said that while traditional snow spots such as Garmisch, Stuttgart and Grafenwöhr could get more snowfall, western Germany as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg would likely receive more rain than snow. “It will not be severe, but not terribly pleasant either,” Lee said.

Snowfalls were expected to be greater in higher elevations and outskirts than in cities, Lee said.

For example, outlying Sembach and Spangdahlem would likely receive more snow than the nearby city of Kaiserslautern, while the bases outside of Stuttgart would be more prone to snowfall than the city itself.

That is because temperatures are generally colder in higher elevations, and cities are natural “heat islands,” Lee said, where snow is more apt to melt before it hits the ground.

Weather at bases in the United Kingdom and Italy was expected to be about normal this week, Lee said, with some precipitation possible but snow doubtful. Slightly warmer air was expected to move into central Europe on Tuesday afternoon, Lee said, possibly causing snow to turn to rain in western locations such as Ramstein and Baumholder. Those locations as well as bases in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg were less likely to experience a white Christmas, Lee said.

The areas near Stuttgart, Garmisch and Grafenwöhr were more likely to retain snow on the ground, though with high temperatures ranging from the low to high 30s.


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