Netherlands sees first snow of season, with more to come tonight

Netherlands sees first snow of season, with more to come tonight

The Netherlands saw its first snowfall last night, with various parts of the country waking to a small blanket of snow for the first time this season. The weather remains chilly, though normal for this time of year, with more snow expected across the Netherlands tonight and throughout the coming days.

Frozen roads make for dangerous driving, warn authorities

A number of car accidents also took place overnight and throughout the morning, in large part due to icy conditions on roads across the country. Though many of the roads in Dutch cities have remained clear, a number of traffic jams were recorded by the ANWB, and authorities advised drivers to take care in the icy conditions. 

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) warned drivers to “be extra alert and adjust your driving behaviour to the circumstances”. The ANWB recorded a total of 61 traffic jams covering 319 kilometres of Dutch roads during the morning rush hour on Tuesday. 

Snow expected in the east of the Netherlands

While Monday night’s snow has already covered several parts of the Netherlands in white, there is even more snowfall expected on Tuesday evening. According to the KNMI, temperatures on Tuesday are expected to plummet back down during the evening, causing more ice, and some snowfall in the east of the country. 

“At the end of the afternoon, the temperature inland will drop below zero quite quickly, especially where there may still be snow,” the KNMI said. On the coast, the agency predicts a chance of hail or thunder as well. 

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Mandoist 16:51 | 4 December 2023

Note to Dutch drivers in case you forgot... Snow is slippery; ice even more so.