Not exactly long-john weather, but never say never: the only safe prediction is that the forecast will keep on changing

Just ask the IKEA in Aalborg. When they opened on Wednesday morning, they had no idea that 30 stranded people would end up bedding down in their furniture department

Rain, sleet, snow, often depending on how cold it is; the wind frequently changing direction. It’s mostly coming from the west until Saturday afternoon, and then in the opposite direction until the close of Sunday – and that’s just the next three days.

No wonder the weather forecasts are changing hourly. Just a day ago, a whole week of ice days – when the thermometer doesn’t exceed zero for 24 hours – were predicted, but now it looks like the icy weather will only be with us for 36 hours starting from Sunday night.

But by tomorrow morning, this forecast might completely flip. Sometimes meteorology is just plain impossible.

Week of ice days looking unlikely
So, no, you can keep the long-johns in storage for a while longer, along with those ridiculously expensive snow boots that seemed like a good idea at the time, but have only been used once since 2016.

Instead get an umbrella handy as icy rain will wash away all the snow, starting at around 15:00.

As the evening sets in, it will do its best to impersonate snow, but it just isn’t cold enough.

Cosy night in IKEA
That wasn’t the case in Aalborg on Wednesday evening when a certain Swedish furniture company generated its best bit of publicity in years.

Young children, weary shoppers, weirdos with fetishes we don’t want to go into and narcolepsy sufferers have no doubt had fantasies about calling it a day in IKEA and kipping down for the night – the killer is often Circuit 3, in reverse taking ill-advised shortcuts, in search of the chair that has grown on Mum the more she thinks about it. 

And those fantasies came true for around 30 people at the store in Aalborg, who found themselves stranded as the shop shut its doors. Six members of the public and 20-25 employees bedded down for the night, but not before they were treated to food from the canteen, including risalamande for dessert.

Store manager Peter Elmose told Ekstra Bladet: “People could pick the exact bed they always wanted to try.”

Not quite the Beast from the East
The snow that fell on Wednesday night barely amounted to 5 cm in the capital, but in other parts of the country – particularly the west coast of Jutland, which had a level 2 weather warning – it was the largest amount to fall on Denmark since the Beast from the East in February 2018.

Driving conditions have understandably been treacherous since the snowstorm, which disrupted public transport and even saw some trees and electricity cables fall down.

In total, an estimated 30 cm fell on the region