Share article:
Share article:

‘A frosty sunrise’ as first snow falls on Belgium

Credit: Donovan Pirson via Michael - Info Météo/Facebook

The arrival of December brought with it the first snowfall of the season to Belgium, covering the country’s highest points with a thin layer of snow late on Monday.

Residents of Waimes, near the German border in the easternmost tip of the Liège province, reported white paved roads and rooftops as snowflakes began falling at around 10:00 PM on Monday.

A thin layer of snow was also reported elsewhere in Liège, like in the village of Sourbrodt, at the foot of Mont Rigi in the High Fens and in the Signal de Botragne, the highest point of the country.

Related News:


Residents of the Walloon province took to social media to share views of their wintery surroundings, with many expressing joy over the first “truly snowy landscapes of the season.”

In Xhoffraix and Bernister, Liège, residents shared photos of the moment the “rain turned to snow,” just ahead of the start of the region’s 10:00 PM coronavirus curfew.

While light, the snowfall held throughout the night in some parts of the country’s rural east, with many sharing striking pictures of a foggy and frosty sunrise on Tuesday.

“Breathtakingly frosted sunrise this morning in Trois-Points,” a weather page ran by a local said. “At that time, it was between -4ºC and -7ºC.”

Forecasts on Tuesday predict a return to rainfall as clouds sweep through the country and as temperature climb back up to around 4ºC in the country’s heights and to around 10ºC elsewhere, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute.

Gabriela Galindo
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Aggression against railway staff more than doubled since 2020
In the first three quarters of 2021, the number of reports of aggression against national railway company SNCB's staff has more than doubled compared ...
Intervention hotline 1722 activated following bad weather warnings
Following bad weather warnings from Belgium's Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), the Federal Public Service (FPS) Home Affairs has ...
Thousands march in Brussels to raise awareness of violence against women
More than 3,000 people took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday afternoon for a national march to raise awareness of violence against women in ...
Efficacy of vaccines against new variant known in a few weeks, virologist says
The efficacy of the current coronavirus vaccines against the new Omicron variant will be clear in one to two weeks, Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst ...
Scientists could have communicated better during pandemic, survey shows
The majority of Flemish people continue to trust scientists, however, only half of them feel scientists communicated understandably during the ...
Closing borders and new travel restrictions: Countries react to Omicron variant
As more cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus are being reported across the world, more and more countries are imposing tougher travel ...
Several rush hour train services to be scrapped from Monday
Up to ten peak time trains to and from Brussels will be temporarily cancelled starting from Monday, Belgian railway company SNCB announced this ...
Europe’s largest vintage clothes store is in Ghent this weekend
Europe's largest pop-up store for second-hand clothes is once again setting up shop in Ghent on Sunday, offering more than five tonnes of vintage ...
Animal welfare in EU’s pig meat sector: What’s wrong?
EU has put into place legislation to ensure that animal welfare conditions are respected in its agricultural policy but the breaches of its ...
‘Not feasible’: Doctors refuse to follow new testing strategy
Doctors have warned they will not follow the government's adapted testing strategy which would see vaccinated people who were in close contact with a ...
Flanders introduces ‘invisible’ speed cameras
New digital speed cameras that are essentially invisible to the road user are being introduced on various roads and motorways in Flanders, Flemish ...
Warnings issued for slippery roads across Belgium
Drivers have been asked to watch out for slippery roads from Saturday afternoon until Sunday evening, as snow and cold temperatures are expected ...