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Motorists warned to be careful as temperatures dip to -10 Celsius

Friday 07 December 2012

snow%202012.png The first snow of winter. Photo: Heather Jagers

This morning's heavy snowfall over much of the Netherlands caused few serious problems on the roads and railways, although hundreds of flights were cancelled at Schiphol airport.

The evening rush hour is expected to be busier than normal, but according to motoring organisation ANWB, most roads have been cleared of snow.

Nevertheless, the KNMI weather bureau is warning drivers that roads may be extremely slippery on Friday evening, as temperatures drop to as low as -15 Celsius in sheltered eastern areas.

On Saturday it will remain very cold with sunny spells and another heavy overnight frost. The wintry weather is set to continue well into next week.

According to Weeronline.nl, the snowfall was heaviest in Nijmegen and Wageningen, where up to 20cm of snow was recorded.

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Readers' Comments

I think it would be a good idea the authorities or (maybe better) the insurance companies to introduce rules which would force the drivers to use winter tires in the period between November and March.

By George | 7 December 2012 4:11 PM

I happen to think it would be very bad idea. In the end it would be just lobbying nothing more.

By someone | 7 December 2012 4:21 PM

It doesn't have to be forced. In many countries with much heavier winter drivers are not forced to use winter tires but they do it. I think that good promotion for winter tires (more safety, lower fuel usage) would be enough.

By kuchar | 7 December 2012 4:30 PM

I drove with winter tires last winter and didn't see any difference. When you have heavy snow and low temperatures winter tires will not save you.

By JF | 7 December 2012 4:56 PM

Global warming but local colding?

By Albert Kuyerhuis | 7 December 2012 6:41 PM

The Dutch habit of following the vehicle ahead by 3 metres at any speed continues through in bad weather. Don't need winter tires or anything like that, just a little common sense in all types of weather.

By Disgusted in Amsterdam | 7 December 2012 8:14 PM

Winter tires help navigate snowed roads and sleet, but they aren't much helpful regarding ice.

By A.L. | 7 December 2012 11:28 PM

I just had my winter tires put on, but where I live we will have 3 meters of snow over the course of the winter. Not worth it for the Dutch. These storms are rare in the NL and many can opt to stay home or take public transportation, putting less traffic on the road and thus safer for all.
20 cm is pretty average for here. 50 cm would be 'heavy'.

By Bernadette | 8 December 2012 4:35 AM

Actually winter tires seem to help quite a lot. Last year, driving on ice, cars without winter tires were sliding backwards trying to get up an underpass. Quite easy to make it with winter tires.

By Valentijn | 8 December 2012 6:01 PM

'And cyclists & pedestrians??

'Just a nanny state, first time the weather turns cold and nasty, spread fear with the hope that people will count on the state to solve all the problems, oh crap, just a repeat of last year, why not encourage independent thought for a change? :P

By The brass monkey visitor | 8 December 2012 9:11 PM

the only reason the dutch govt would make snow tyres compulsory would be to force the consumer to prop up the tyre manufacturers. they wouldn't do it for saftey reasons. As for the efficacy of snow tyres, I think intelligent driving would help more.

By h | 9 December 2012 9:43 AM

Preparation for risks should be compatible with frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

I'm honestly quite tired of reading "toughened up" people that lived in continental N. America bashing Netherlands for not dealing with snowing and ice mitigation is if Netherlands were Northern Ontario, as much as people on Northern Ontario would be probably annoyed if Dutch kept remembering them how bad their flood defenses on Hudson Bay are.

By A.L. | 9 December 2012 12:44 PM

It didnt happen but good to see some actual preparation this year, better than the chaos from previous years. The chaffeur was most impressed. B+

By Sir Charles Moore | 10 December 2012 11:27 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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