Inclement winter weather is causing chaos during the morning rush hour in the Netherlands, leading to widespread disruptions. Roads are congested with stranded cars, numerous flights are facing cancellations or delays, and various railway routes are being affected. More snow forecast.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) predicts several centimeters of snowfall in different regions today, with Limburg expecting up to 10 centimeters on Wednesday. A code yellow warning for icy roads is in effect throughout the entire country.
Commenting on the challenging traffic conditions, the Rijkswaterstaat stated, “It’s a bustling, wintry Tuesday morning,” advising commuters to anticipate delays and exercise caution while driving. As of 8:15 a.m., the Dutch Drivers Association (ANWB) reported 107 traffic jams covering a total of 1,005 kilometers of roads.
Schiphol Airport has recorded 26 departures and 46 arrivals canceled by 8:00 a.m., along with an additional 140 arriving flights and 28 departing flights facing delays. The airport is implementing regulations on arrivals due to inclement weather, and Eurocontrol’s 6:20 a.m. update warned of “high delays.”
ProRail has issued alerts for seven routes experiencing switch failures on Tuesday morning, with a collision between Meppel and Assen causing disruptions on the railways. The Dutch Railways (NS) urged travelers to check their travel planner before departure and brace for delays.
The Buienradar website’s weather radar predicts a snow pattern moving across the north and east of the country, particularly impacting Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel, and Gelderland during the remaining morning hours.
Maximum temperatures are expected to reach around 2 degrees Celsius, accompanied by a moderate southwesterly wind inland. On the coast, the wind is from the west and ranges from moderate to strong.