Warnings of ice-covered roads and sidewalks across much of the Netherlands remained largely intact on Tuesday. In the hardest hit northern provinces of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe, as well as the Frisian Islands and Wadden Sea area, the alert was downgraded from a Code Red to a Code Orange with meteorologists still calling for caution into Thursday.
The winter weather in the northern parts of the Netherlands is not all bad. The Dutch decided not to let warnings to stay off the roads deter them from being about their business and took to the streets in skates!
A huge humpback whale surprised sailors of the Rotterdam Loodswezen off the coast of Hoek van Holland on New Year's day
The KNMI issued a code red warning for black ice and slick roads in Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe. Do not drive if it is not strictly necessary. The warning is in effect from 5:00 a.m. until noon.
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute issued a code orange warning for black ice and slick roads in Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe and the Waddenzee area. The code orange warning will be in effect from 7:00 p.m. on Monday to 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Residents of the northern and eastern parts of the Netherlands may again have to deal with interruptions in the power supply on Monday morning. The weight of ice buildup due to the winter weather, make the power lines "bounce" resulting in occasional falters in the supply
Large parts of the provinces Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe are covered in about 1 to 2 centimeters of snow. Motorists are warned to be careful of slick roads.
Delft student Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup project will be doing its first real world test just off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea in the second quarter of 2016, the project announced on Wednesday.
The Netherlands will be spending the last day of 2015 with umbrellas, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI, expects. Today will be cloudy with a chance of rain, especially in the north and west of the country.
This is the first frost-free December in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in De Bilt in 1901, Weeronline announced on Tuesday based on their expectations for the rest of the week.
The three largest supermarkets in the Netherlands - Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Lidl - will no longer be selling battery farm chicken from early this year, Wakker Dier announced in a press release on Monday. According to the animal rights organization, this means that nearly half of all Dutch poultry consumption will be battery farm chicken free
The Netherlands is too lax in dealing with puppy mills, according to Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare Ben Weyts. The Flemish are concerned that, despite them tightening the rules on puppy trade, neglected and unhealthy puppies still enter their market through Brabant traders
Dozens of butterflies were spotted flying about the Netherlands on Boxing Day. In Zuid-Limburg someone even spotted a very rare large tortoiseshell butterfly, the Butterfly Foundation in Wageningen announced on Sunday.
For the first time in 38 years, the Netherlands will have a full moon on Christmas, according to Weerplaza.
Christmas time isn't only an exciting time for humans. The animals at safari park Beekse Bergen also get a special meal, including delicious food not part of their usual menu.
Amersfoort Zoo has a new resident. A baby sloth was welcomed this week. Zookeepers spotted the baby on mother Amaka's belly, the zoo announced on Thursday.
Christmas morning will start out sunny for many places in the Netherlands, though the KNMI does not expect this to last. All of the Netherlands can expect cloud cover from this afternoon, with even some rain in the evening.
The KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for strong winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour in the northwestern parts of the Netherlands. The warning will be in effect between 6:00 p.m. and midnight.
This Christmas will not be a white one for the Netherlands. Weeronline expects no snow in the coming days and abnormally high temperatures of between 11 and 15 degrees during the day
A ban on free plastic bags at checkout counters takes effect on January 1st, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment said to the Tweede Kamer on Thursday
The municipalities of Utrecht and Rotterdam plan to keep the environmental zones banning old diesel cars from their city centers, despite a parliamentary majority wanting the bans lifted.
This December may well be the warmest December since temperature measurements started in the Netherlands in 1901. Thursday was the warmest December 17th in Dutch history and the mild weather will continue, according to Weeronline.
American hunting company GetDucks.com is offering its clients five days of unlimited goose hunting in the Netherlands for only 4,600 dollars.
The unseasonably mild weather over the past few weeks prompted experts from Wageningen University and Leiden University Medical Center to issue a hay fever warning for Christmas. According to these experts, with the temperatures well above 10 degrees, many hazel and alder trees will already be blooming by Christmas, leading to sneezing and watery eyes for those allergic to pollen