Over 150 damage claims were made along the Dutch rail lines during Thursday's storm, of which there were about 40 serious incidents. Although limited train service in the Netherlands was expected to begin on Thursday at 5 p.m., the railroad infrastructure firm ProRail advised passengers to find alternative ways home.
A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.
Meteorological institute extended its code orange storm warning to the entire country. Traffic information services are reporting increasing problems on the roads due to accidents and bridges closing due to the strong winds.
The dike between Enkhuizen and Lelystad is currently closed to freight traffic and cars pulling trailers due to the weather. The Oosterscheldekering will be closed to all traffic between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
A western storm is set to hit the Netherlands this morning. A code orange weather warning for very strong winds is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones, where a code yellow warning is in place. Road users in Groningen are also warned to beware of icy roads. All forms of traffic will be affected by the storm, with canceled flights, fewer trains, and more traffic.
The national weather agency KNMI issued a Code Yellow weather warning for dense fog on Thursday morning. The warning was still in effect across several Dutch provinces as the morning rush hour began.
“Fog can be treacherous due to its sudden occurrence,” KNMI stated. Visibility was expected to be lower than 200 meters during the warning, in place until 11 a.m. The fog warning covered the entirety of Utrecht, Zeeland, and Zuid-Holland. It also was issued for the Wadden Sea islands.
In a significant part of the Netherlands temperatures dropped below zero early Monday morning. Temperatures dipped down to -3 degrees Celsius in the north, -1 in the center and 2 degrees in the south, together with a moderate northeastern wind that was relatively strong at the seaside. Meteorologists from weather website Buienradar predicted the overnight wind chill would make it feel as if it were 10 degrees below zero.
After years of significant increases, the levels of traffic jams in the Netherlands remained almost stable this year. The level of traffic jams is calculated by multiplying the length of the traffic jam with its time duration, according to NOS. Last year this increased by 12 percent compared to 2015. This year it increased by only 0.6 percent, the broadcaster reports.
Snowy weather in the Netherlands on Monday resulted in a record number of traffic jams during evening rush hour. At the peak of traffic late in the afternoon, there were around 1,500 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads, according to the ANWB. Taking all roads into account, there was over 2,500 kilometers of traffic on Monday afternoon.
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.
Driving an electric car is 10 percent more expensive than driving a petrol car, according to calculations by the ANWB. The price per kilometer of a new petrol car is 50.6 cents, while that of a new electric car is 55.9 cents, RTL Nieuws reports.
The D66 in Amsterdam is calling for a regional tolling system on the roads around the Dutch capital. Motorists who want to reach Amsterdam during busy periods like rush hour, must pay an additional tax, according to D66 city councilor Bart Vink. The aim is to keep the city accessible during peak times, the Telegraaf reports.
For the second day in a row, the record for the busiest morning rush hour of the year was broken on Dutch roads. At the peak of rush hour at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, there were 894 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch highways and provincial roads, five kilometers longer than yesterday, according to the ANWB.
Monday was the busiest morning rush hour of the year due to a large number of accidents and rain in many places, according to the ANWB. At the peak of morning rush hour, there was 889 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads, NOS reports.
The Randstad and the southern parts of the Netherlands saw the most problems on Monday morning. There were long traffic jams on the A4, A58 and A12. On the A9 between Alkmaar and Diemen, there was a delay of up to 50 minutes.
Traffic association ANWB thinks that giving lorries and other freight traffic their own, separate lane will help in the fight against the ever increasing traffic jams on Dutch roads. A report containing 10 possible solutions to help decrease traffic in the Netherlands, will be presented to the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday, AD reports.
Drones will be used to transport medicine from the Dutch mainland to the Wadden island of Schiermonnikoog in a new experiment by UMCG Ambulance Care and ANWB Medical Air Assistance, NU.nl reports.
The test involves three drones making a total of 30 flights from an unspecified location in Friesland to the helicopter port on the island. The municipality of Schiermonnikoog agreed to the test, under the condition that this will only involve medical flights. The island wants to deter commercial flights, because they disturb the peace.
Windy autumn weather is expected to cause extra traffic jams on Dutch roads on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the Wadden area, and a code yellow for the rest of the country, warning of strong gusts reaching speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. Only Noord-Brabant doesn't have to worry about strong winds today.
A group of 36 Dutch tourists who were robbed shortly after arriving in South Africa for a 22 day holiday on Sunday, are flying back to the Netherlands on Tuesday night. They are set to arrive at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, AD reports.
Most of the Dutch tourists currently spending their holidays in the south of France have experienced little trouble from forest fires raging in the area, tour operators Neckermann Reizen and Vrij Uit said to RTL Nieuws on Wednesday.
Forest fires have been raging in southern France near St Tropez and on Corsica since early this week. But of the tourists who booked holidays through the two companies, none had to be evacuated or had to leave the area prematurely. "Our customers don't notice much about that", a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "They're enjoying their holiday."
On Monday Dutch travel association ANWB issued a warning over two child car seats that are unsafe. According to the association, children strapped into the Recaro Optia or Jané Grand One seats could risk sustaining serious injury if there is an accident.
With the region Zuid starting summer holiday this afternoon, the ANWB expects the roads to be extremely busy on Friday and Saturday, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Be ready to spend time in traffic jams, according to the service, AD reports.
Heavy rainfall across the Netherlands caused problems in many places on Wednesday morning. On Tuesday Weerplaza expected up to 50 millimeters of rain to fall in some places on Wednesday. Around 10:00 a.m. the most rain had fallen in Zuid-Holland and Zeeland, about 34 millimeters, according to the weather service.
Traffic information service ANWB expects heavy traffic on Dutch roads on Friday afternoon as the May school holidays begin for primary and secondary schools across the country, AD reports.
The ANWB expects that most people who are vacationing in the Netherlands will leave for their destinations today. Roads to recreation areas in the middle and south of the Netherlands are expected to be especially busy. "Traffic jams are most likely on the highways around Amersfoort (A1, A28), the A12 from Utrecht to Arnhem and the roads to the Holland- and Zeeland coast", ANWB warns.
Traffic jams in the Netherlands are increasing due to the aging population, according to figures from the ANWB. Traffic jams are especially increasing during evening rush hour due to the large amounts of recreational traffic on the roads, the ANWB concluded by comparing traffic during the first three months of this year with the same period in 2016, the Telegraaf reports.