Dutch infrastructure department Rijkswaterstaat is warning motorists to stay off the roads as strong winds brought by a western storm rage over the country. A code red weather warning is in effect for large parts of the country. The emergency call center is jammed up with people calling about storm damage. The police call on people in the Netherlands to only use emergency number 112 to report actual emergencies.
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.
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.
The A4 highway is closed in both directions near Bergen op Zoom due to a burning truck. The truck was transporting frying fat when it caught fire.
The road at the Zoomland junction is covered in grease and extinguishing water. The road will be closed in both directions until the fire is extinguished and the road surface has been cleaned. This is expected to take until 1:00 p.m., according to broadcaster NOS.
People traveling to Rotterdam and Antwerp can detour through Breda.
Part of the ceiling of the Zeeburger tunnel, part of the A10 highway near Amsterdam, collapsed after a truck hit it on Wednesday morning. The tunnel is closed for traffic heading south, NOS reports.
Rijkswaterstaat initially closed the tunnel in both directions. But investigation revealed that the tunnel is safe in the outer ring, and that direction was reopened.
The tunnel will remain closed to south bound traffic for the time being. The Rijkswaterstaat is working on cleaning up the debris and investigating the extent of the damage.
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.
Despite today being a holiday, traffic information service VID warns motorists to expect "heavy traffic jams" this afternoon, RTL Nieuws reports.
The roads will start getting busy from early afternoon, especially on the routes from the east to the Randstad - the A1, A12 and A28, according to VID. The traffic service expects that traffic will peak at around 100 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch highways.
With the new year starting, the Dutch government is implementing a number of new laws and changing some existing ones. Below is an explanation of changes to the law applying to traffic and public transportation.
Road tax on motor vehicles will rise by 0.8 percent across the board in 2018.
Motorists across most of the Netherlands should be careful of icy and slippery roads on Friday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Drenthe, Groningen and Overijssel.
The ice on the roads should melt away during the course of the morning.
Friday will be cloudy in many places, especially inland. The coastal areas and the south of the country may see some rain. Afternoon temperatures will range between 3 and 5 degrees, with a moderate wind during the morning and weak in the afternoon.
Motorists are warned to be careful of slippery roads this morning, caused by melting snow that froze again overnight. Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code yellow weather warning for all provinces except for Zeeland. After heavy snowfall on Monday caused two days of chaos at Dutch airports, most flights are now departing and landing on schedule.
According to the KMNI, the ice on the roads will melt away as temperatures increase during the course of the morning. "Adjust your driving behavior", the institute warns. Drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Motorists should be aware of reduced visibility due to fog during rush hour on Wednesday morning, meteorological institute KNMI warns. A code yellow weather warning is currently in effect for Gelderland and Utrecht, but the KNMI believes that other areas may also be affected.
"Dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. Adjust speed and keep sufficient following distance", the meteorological institute warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
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.
The growing Dutch economy also means growing traffic jams in the Netherlands, and those jams cost billions of euros, according to a report by the knowledge institute for mobility policy KiM that newspaper AD has in its possession. According to the KiM, traffic in the Netherlands will increase 1.7 percent next year, and 1.2 percent in the years after that.
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.