Heavy snowstorm pounds Germany, upends travel

A resident shovels snow under an archway in Wernigerode, Germany, early Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2021. Low Tristan has caused huge amounts of snow in the Harz mountains, like here in Wernigerode. (Matthias Bein/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — A snowstorm and strong winds pounded northern and western Germany on Sunday, forcing trains to cancel trips and leading to hundreds of vehicle crashes. Police said 28 people were injured on icy roads.

The German Weather Service DWD urged people to stay at home 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 the west were canceled as snowdrifts piled up on the tracks and power lines. Some train connections in the east were also canceled, though most of the snow came down in the northwest.

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