After a night of chaos in all forms of traffic due to heavy snowfall, things in the Netherlands are returning to normal. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code yellow weather warning telling motorists to be careful of icy roads. And NS warns that fewer trains are running on four routes.
All train traffic to and from both Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal was halted Monday evening as snow continuously fell upon the region beginning just after noon. Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the airport, according to local broadcaster AT5. Large lines formed at the taxi rank there, while wait times for Uber vehicles was in the double digits.
The airport was setting up cots for people forced to sleep at the airport, broadcaster NOS reported.
Over 343 reports of traffic jams in the Netherlands tied up 2,501 kilometers of roadways in the country on Monday at 5:05 p.m., according to traveller's association ANWB. The amount of traffic increased by fifty percent in just 30 minutes, easily setting a record for the worst traffic day of 2017, despite the use of 900 snowplows and 1,200 extra road workers to deal with
Prime Minister Mark Rutte is participating in the One Planet Summit in Paris on Tuesday. This informal climate summit marks the two year anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement.
This informal summit was arranged by French president Emmanuel Macron. Its aim is to look at how far countries have come to meeting their climate goals set in the agreement, and to motivate them to achieve these goals.
Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code red alert warning of extremely dangerous weather due to heavy snowfall in the Netherlands. The snow already resulted in the cancellation and delays of many flights at the Dutch airports. Passengers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport, and take extra travel time to the airport into account.
Heavy snowfall and a code red weather warning from meteorological institute KMNI forced a number of businesses, schools, daycares and universities to close early on Monday. Despite the miserable weather, traffic information service VID expects few traffic jams during evening rush hour, as many people left for home early or worked from home today.
Snowfall across the Netherlands is increasingly causing train traffic problems. NS has seven disruptions listed on its site, all with delays up to an hour.
Snow has started to fall in the south of the country, and it will move through the rest of the Netherlands in the coming hours. Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat reiterated its warning for motorists to stay off the roads, speaking of "very dangerous conditions", NOS reports.
Due to heavy snowfall expected across the Netherlands this afternoon, many schools decided to give their students the day off on Monday. These include the 23 secondary schools under the ZAAM foundation in Amsterdam and its surrounds, the 4e Gymnasium in Amsterdam, the Amadeus Lyceum in Vleuten, the Coornhert Gymnasiam in Gouda, and the Wellant College in Alphen aan den Rijn, NU.nl reports.
"An email has just been sent from the board that at 1:00 p.m. te doors will close in all schools of ZAAM", an employee of the Amsterdam-Zuid school community said to NU.nl.
The snowy weather in the Netherlands caused fewer traffic problems on the roads than expected on Monday morning. By 9:00 a.m. there were very few traffic jams left on Dutch roads. Public transit across the country was busier than usual during morning rush hour. According to the ANWB, many people listened to advice to stay off the roads, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands was blanketed in snow over the weekend and more snow is expected this afternoon. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code orange weather warning of extremely dangerous weather. And the Rijkswaterstaat warns people to rather work from home today if possible.
A code yellow weather warning is currently in effect for the entire country. Motorists are warned to to be careful of icy and slippery roads.
Winter weather conditions, including hail, light snow, cold rain, and a late sunrise led to a challenging morning rush hour in the Netherlands on Friday. Over 120 kilometers of traffic jams had already formed on Dutch highways by 8:45 a.m., according to driving association ANWB.
A code yellow weather warning was issued for the entire country due to potentially slippery conditions. The morning warning was set to expire at noon, but a second caution was to begin at 5 p.m. and last through to 11 p.m.
From Friday the Netherlands can expect harsh winter weather, with an increasing chance of snow, according to Weeronline. The entire country may see some snow this weekend, especially on Sunday afternoon and evening, the weather service reports.
Everyone celebrating Pakjesavond in the Netherlands this evening, can look forward to not doing so in the rain, according to Weeronline. This evening is expected to be cloudy, but dry with mild temperatures ranging between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius.
The Netherlands celebrates Pakjesavond on the evening of December 5th. Tonight many Dutch children will excitedly listen for a knock at the door, or a thump in the attic, and run to find that Sinterklaas left a sack full of gifts for them.
A 66-year-old woman from Doesburg was rushed and injured by a Scottish Highlander cow while walking in the Posbank nature reserve a few weeks ago. The cow left her with a deep cut in the stomach, that is still undergoing treatment. Natuurmonumenten will reimburse the woman for all damages she suffered, forester Jeroen de Koe said, according to NOS. "It is our animals and it is our responsiblity."
A whale of around 13.5 meters long washed up on a beach near Domburg in Zeeland on Friday morning. The dead animal is an adult male sperm whale, one of the largest predators in the animal kingdom, NU.nl reports.
Motorists across the Netherlands should be extra alert when getting behind the wheel this morning. Visibility reducing fog, combined with slippery roads due to freezing, make for hazardous driving conditions. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for most of the country.
On Wednesday night the police rescued a woman in labor from a kilometer-long traffic jam on the A10 around Amsterdam. With the help of the police, an ambulance was called in, which took the woman and her husband to a hospital in time to have their baby, the police said on Twitter.
The couple was on their way to the hospital when they got stuck in traffic, caused by several accidents, according to RTL Nieuws.
After the ambulance had taken the couple to hospital, the police's transport service drove their car to them.
A 64-year-old man from Roermond and a 67-year-old Belgian woman were killed by an elephant in Zambia earlier this month. It happened in a flash, the Dutch man's daughter, who saw it happen, said to De Limburger.
Wim van Griensven was visiting Zambia with his good friend from Belgium Sabine Goossens, his daughter Ellen and her boyfriend Erik. They were staying in the Maramba River Lodge in Livingstone when they saw two elephants around 70 meters away on November 12th. Ellen, her father and Sabine walked closer.
The airport in Bali is reopening today, the Indonesian authorities announced. The Denpasar airport was closed for two days because of poor visibility caused by volcano Agung spewing ash into the air. Despite the airport's reopening, KLM is not resuming its flights yet, RTL Nieuws reports.
From January 1st, scooters made in or before 2010 will no longer be allowed in the environmental zone in Amsterdam city center. The municipality installed scooter registration checkers in six locations in the city, which will tell scooter drivers whether they will be allowed into the environmental zone next year.
These registration checkers will be in place until December 27th. Scooter drivers can also check their registration number on the municipality's website. The environmental zone for scooters is one of the measures Amsterdam is implementing to reduce emissions in the city.
The Netherlands has a few winter-cold days coming up later this week, according to Amara Onwuka of Buienradar. It's time to get out gloves, scarves and windshield scrapers, she said to RTL Nieuws.
Today and tomorrow will still be relatively mild, with some showers and occasional sunshine. Minimum temperatures will be around freezing.
From Thursday maximum temperatures in the Netherlands will climb no higher than 5 degrees, and drop below freezing at night. There will also be many winter showers - hailstorms along the coast, and snow further inland.
The Indonesian authorities closed the international airport on Bali due to an eruption of volcano Agung spewing large amounts of ash on the island. A total of 445 flights were canceled, resulting in 59 thousand travelers stranded on the island, NOS reports.
Road users should expect a very busy rush hour on Monday morning. No train traffic is possible on one of the busiest routes in the country, due to maintenance work that is taking longer than expected. And rain and wind will only add to the problems.