Trains cancelled, traffic jammed as winter approaches

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The winter weather has resulted in NS adjusting its train schedule. For travelers in the Randstad this means a train every half hour instead of every quarter hour. Nothing changes in the provinces of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Zeeland. The adjusted schedule allows more room to resolve any winter failures and creates less congestion on the track. Despite the adjusted schedule, NS warns that there may still be disturbances due to weather conditions that may cause inconvenience to travelers. Car traffic began building up around the country early Thursday morning. By 8 a.m. automobile association ANWB warned Netherlands drivers of over 550 kilometers of traffic jams, mainly in the Randstad, near cities and at the Dutch borders. The country's official weather agency, KNMI, issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country, with reports of slick roads nationwide. Heavy winds up to 80 km/h are expected in Noord-Holland and Friesland. Here is a map of the adjusted train schedule for today:

According to the KNMI, today will be partly to completely cloudy with winter showers. There may also be thunderstorms. The temperature today will be about 3 degrees. There will be a moderate to strong wind from the south west, very strong wind along the coast. The KNMI also predicts that sleet will fall tonight, which increases the chances on snow. This also increases the chance of slickness on roads. Little will change in the weather tomorrow. It will remain cloudy to partly cloudy with winter showers scattered across the country.

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