Despite the fact that the first peewit egg was found on Wednesday, spring is not quite here yet. The Netherlands is in for an icy cold weekend, with even some snow expected, according to Weeronline.
Despite pleasantly warm weather this past weekend, spring has not yet arrived in the Netherlands. A cold weekend is ahead for the country. Meteorological institute KNMI expects minimum temperatures around -3 degrees on Friday night.
From Friday cold air from the Arctic region will blow into the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. Rainfall starting on Friday night will gradually turn into snow. Maximum temperatures for Saturday will hover around freezing, KNMI expects.
Christoph van Ingen from Oostzaan took a bizarre photo while skating on a ditch in his neighborhood on Thursday - a kingfisher bird perfectly frozen in the ice.
"We saw something blue in the ice and stopped to see what it was", Van Ingen said to RTL Nieuws. He took a photo with his phone and posted it on Instagram.
The weather is still icy cold in the Netherlands. Meteorological institute KNMI issued two code yellow warnings, one for slippery roads and one for ambient temperatures below -15 degrees Celsius.
The icy roads warning is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones. "Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns motorists. Drive slowly and keep a safe following distance. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
A daredevil skater was spotted on the Keizergracht in Amsterdam on Thursday. Despite some Amsterdam canals being closed to boating traffic since Tuesday to promote ice forming, the ice on the canals is still not thick enough to skate on safely, Waternet warns.
Meteorological spring kicks off in the Netherlands on Thursday with a code yellow warning for extreme cold. Low temperatures combined with a strong wind create ambient temperatures below -15 degrees Celsius across the country, meteorological institute KNMI warns.
Motorists in the north of the country, especially on the Wadden islands, should also be careful of slippery roads caused by snow that hasn't melted away yet. "Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns.
Transit company Arriva closed the toilets on its trains to prevent poop and urine freezing in the collection system in the extremely cold weather the Netherlands is currently experiencing. Stickers on the toilets inform passengers that they cannot be used, NOS reports.
Closing the toilets is a precaution, an Arriva spokesperson said to the broadcaster. "It is really extremely cold for our country. So we are preventing damage and the trains having to be taken out of service." Arriva expects this measure will be in effect until Saturday.
Since Tuesday nights salt trucks covered over 31 thousand kilometers of roads throughout the Netherlands with around 2 million kilograms of salt. Ice breakers are also on standby, to help any ships that get into trouble on freezing water, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat said.
Throughout the winter, the Rijkswaterstaat already sprinkled some 80 million kilograms of salt on the roads to combat slickness and iciness and thereby keep the roads accessible and safe. "We drove around the world about 33 times this winter", the department said on Twitter.
Motorists throughout the Netherlands are warned to be careful of icy roads caused by light snowfall on Wednesday morning. And dress warmly, because this morning will be very cold. Meteorological institute KNMI issued code yellow warnings for all provinces.
"Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warns motorists. Drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
This year's first ice skating marathon on natural ice will be held in Haaksbergen on Wednesday evening. Willem Hut of the skaters union KNSB approved the ice rink in the Overijssel town on Tuesday, Het Parool reports.
The ice rink of skating club IJSCH from Haaksbergen has the required thickness of at least 3 centimeters in all places. The Haaksbergen club competes almost every winter in the battle to host the fist marathon on natural ice. This is the sixth time Haaksbergen wins since 2000.
Just two days before the start of meteorological spring, temperatures in the Netherlands dropped to below -10 degrees for the first time this winter. A minimum of -10.1 was measured in Eindhoven overnight, Weeronline and Weerplaza report.
Temperatures below -10 degrees Celsius are considered severe frost. Leeuwarden and Enschede also came close to the severe frost line, with overnight temperatures of -9.5 and -9.6 respectively, according to Weerplaza.
Tuesday will be another icy cold day in the Netherlands, according to Weeronline. Maximum temperatures will hover around freezing, but a strong wind will make it feel much colder, the weather service warns.
With icy weather in the Netherlands this week, the Dutch fire department issued a statement warning skating enthusiasts to be extra careful when deciding whether or not to take on the natural ice.
There is not yet enough ice in the Amsterdam canals to close them to boating traffic, Waternet announced on Monday. The canal manager will check again on Tuesday whether measures can be taken to make sure that skaters can skate on the canals.
Waternet also checked every day over the weekend whether there was enough ice on the canals. On Sunday a spokesperson told the Telegraaf that "there is already ice here and there".
Morning rush hour was particularly chaotic in Limburg on Monday, with snow causing numerous traffic problems. A 2 centimeter layer of snow caused traffic jams on the highways and inland roads in the province south of Sittard, according to traffic services ANWB and VID, NU.nl reports.
The start of an icy week in the Netherlands begins with some periods of sunshine and light snow in some areas on Monday, according to Weeronline. Maximum temperatures will range between 1 degree in the southwest, and -1 in the northeast. Wednesday and Thursday will be the coldest days this week, with ambient temperatures around -10 degrees expected, the weather services reports.
With freezing temperatures hitting the Netherlands in the coming days, Amsterdam skating enthusiasts are hopeful that they may have a chance to get out onto the canals again. The last time the canals froze enough for skating, was in 2012, Het Parool reports.
Many cold records will be broken in the Netherlands next weeks, with minimum temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius expected, according to Weerplaza. "In the end of the meteorological winter, King Winter is just as strong", the weather service writes.
Over the coming days night time temperatures will drop below -5 degrees regionally, but it will remain above zero during the day. From Sunday onwards, that will change. Minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to be below zero and with that the chance of ice days increases significantly.
The Netherlands is in for icy cold weather from the weekend, Weeronline expects. From Friday night, minimum temperatures will drop to between -5 and -8 degrees Celsius in large parts of the country. After the weekend some places may even see nighttime temperatures below -10.
Freezing air blown in from Siberia by a fairly strong east to northeasterly wind will turn the current cold nighttime temperatures to freezing by the weekend, according to the weather servuce. This can cause minimums as low as -12 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, with windchill dropping that to -15 degrees.
Motorists across the Netherlands are warned to drive carefully during morning rush hour. The roads may be icy and slippery due to wet areas freezing overnight, according to meteorological institute KNMI.
A code yellow warning was issued for the entire country. "Chance of slipperiness. All road users may be affected. Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the KNMI writes. The iciness will melt away during the course of the morning.
Icy roads, caused by wet areas on the road freezing overnight, are expected to cause traffic problems across the Netherlands during morning rush hour.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire country. Motorists are warned to adjust their driving behavior and follow weather reports and warnings. The iciness will melt away during the course of the morning.
Motorists can expect a busy rush hour on Monday morning due to icy roads and showers. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for all provinces except Friesland.
The northeastern parts of the country should be careful of icy roads the entire day. In the rest of the country, the iciness should melt away during the course of the morning.
The Netherlands can expect snow on Friday, according to meteorological institute KNMI. A code yellow warning for snow and icy roads will be in effect all day on Friday.
The snow will start in the west on Friday morning, and spread out to the rest of the country during the course of the day. KNMI expects between 1 and 3 centimeters of snow. The western parts of the country may also see some rain in the afternoon.
Motorists are warned to be careful of icy roads and to adjust their driving behavior - drive carefully, slowly and keep a safe following distance.
Last night was the coldest February night the Netherlands had since 2012, when temperatures below -20 were measured, according to weather service Weerplaza. Many places in the country saw minimum temperatures drop below -10 degrees Celsius during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Around 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday temperatures measured -10 degrees or lower in Eeldde, Heino in Overijssel, and Wijk aan Zee in Noord-Holland.