Icy roads trigger weather warning; cold days ahead

An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017
An icy road in Amsterdam, 12 Dec 2017. Photo: Zachary Newmark / NL Times

Motorists in the Netherlands can expect a busy morning rush hour due to iciness on the roads. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning. Very cold days are ahead for the country after the weekend, Weerplaza expects. 

Commuters in the eastern parts of the Netherlands will be particularly affected by icy roads, caused by wet sections on the roads freezing overnight and a hail storm, according to the KNMI. The iciness should melt away later in the morning.

The iciness on the roads already caused problems on Wednesday evening. On the A73 near Nijmegen no fewer than ten cars were involved in a pileup, according to AD. A few people sustained minor injuries.

Later Thursday morning there may be occasional sunshine, Weerplaza expects. But showers will move over the country during the course of the day, bringing with them a chance of hail or even wet snow. Maximum temperatures will range between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius. Similar weather can be expected on Friday and over the weekend.

After the weekend, it will get a lot colder in the Netherlands, according to the weather service. Night time minimums may even drop as low as -8 degrees, and maximum temperatures are expected to be just above zero. The cold weather is caused by continental cold winter air from Scandinavia being blown our way. 

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