Winter weather causes hectic morning rush hour; More snow forecast
Winter weather caused problems for all types of traffic in the Netherlands on Tuesday morning. Cars are piling up on the roads, many flights have been canceled or delayed, and many railway lines have been affected. KNMI expects several centimeters of snow in many places today and up to 10 centimeters in Limburg on Wednesday. A Code Yellow warning for icy roads is in effect nationwide.
“It’s busy early on a winter Tuesday morning,” Rijkswaterstaat said of the traffic situation, reporting snowfall in multiple places. “Take into account the delay. Drive carefully.” By 8:15 a.m., ANWB reported 107 traffic jams covering 1,005 kilometers of Dutch roads.
🌨️ | It’s busy early on a winter Tuesday morning. There are now more than 275 kilometers of traffic jams on our roads and we are seeing snow falling in several places. Take delays into consideration and check https://t.co/AkieH72Pmg before leaving. Drive carefully. pic.twitter.com/8sj1HLMqeQ
— Rijkswaterstadt traffic information (@RWSverkeersinfo) January 16, 2024
Schiphol Airport reported 26 departures and 46 arrivals had been canceled by 8:00 a.m., and also said 140 arrivals and 28 departures had been delayed. Arriving flights to Schiphol are being staggered due to the weather, and “significant delays” are expected, the European Air Traffic Control Center (Eurocontrol) said in its 6:20 a.m. update.
ProRail warned seven tracks as a switch failed on Tuesday morning and a collision between Meppel and Assen caused problems on the railway. NS warned travelers to check their travel itinerary before departure and to expect delays.
Buienradar weather radar forecasts a snow pattern moving across the north and east of the country. It will mainly affect North Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, and Gelderland during the remaining morning hours.
Maximum temperatures rise to about two degrees Celsius, and winds are southwesterly moderate in the interior areas. On the coast, winds will be moderate to strong westerly.
The institute expects the ice on the roads to melt by late morning. Rijkswaterstaat trucks have spread nearly 8.6 million kilograms of salt on Dutch roads since 7:00pm on Monday to combat slippery conditions.
“Despite spreading more than 550 grit, slippery conditions cannot be ruled out. Take into account wet, icy road sections and slippery conditions. Adjust your driving style and maintain your distance,” said RIjkswaterstaat on X.