Parts of Germany see sprinkling of late-season snow

A man walks over a meadow after snow falls near the village Oberreifenberg, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. ( Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)

A man walks over a meadow after snow falls near the village Oberreifenberg, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. ( Arne Dedert/dpa via AP)

Tulips are covered with snow during heavy snow falls in Seelenberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Tulips are covered with snow during heavy snow falls in Seelenberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Sheep stand on a meadow during heavy snow falls in Neu Anspach near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Sheep stand on a meadow during heavy snow falls in Neu Anspach near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Snow falls on two Jesus crosses in front of a church in Seelenberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Snow falls on two Jesus crosses in front of a church in Seelenberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BERLIN (AP) — Parts of Germany have experienced a sprinkling of snow just weeks before the meteorological start of summer.

A thin layer of snow greeted residents of central Germany's Harz mountains above altitudes of 700 meters early Saturday.

The German meteorological service DWD said the cold front would move southward and persist through Monday, with snowfall in the Alps reaching up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) and temperatures falling below freezing at night.

A drop in temperatures and even ground frost around mid-May isn't uncommon in Germany. Folklore attributes the phenomenon to the 'ice saints' — Christian martyrs whose saints' days fall between May 11 and 15.