A snowstorm and powerful winds pounded northern and western Germany on Sunday, forcing trains to cancel trips and resulting in many vehicle crashes. Police said 28 people were injured on icy roads.The German Weather Service DWD urged people to remain reception and authorities brought homeless people into warm shelters amid the sub-freezing temperatures.
National train operator Deutsche Bahn said main train routes between Hamburg and Hannover, Berlin and therefore the west were canceled as snowdrifts accumulated on the tracks and power lines. Some train connections within the east were also canceled, though most of the snow decreased within the northwest.
Police within the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia said early Sunday that they had counted 222 road crashes due to the inclemency conditions since Saturday afternoon. They said two people among the 28 were severely injured.
In the Muensterland region and eastern Westphalia, authorities banned trucks from driving on highways until 8 p.m. on Sunday, while in Hesse state, 55 trucks got stuck within the snow trying to approach a rising stretch of a highway near Knuellwald within the direction of Kassel.
In the western city of Muenster, among the toughest hit places, there was such a lot snow on the streets that ambulances could not drive and every one public transportation was pack up . quite 30 centimeters (almost 12 inches) of snow had fallen, piling up to a meter (over three feet) in some parts, and more snow was expected to fall on Sunday.