Dutch rail (NS), Schiphol airport and motoring organisations are making preparations to cope with an expected heavy snowfall on Friday morning, according to media reports.
Weather bureau Weeronline.nl is forecasting ‘total disruption’ during the morning rush hour and is advising motorists to stay home.
The snow is forecast to start around midnight on Thursday night and will be heaviest in the west of the country in the early morning. Up to 12 cm of snow is expected over most of the country, except the far east and in Limburg. Strong winds are also expected to create drifting.
The KNMI weather bureau on Thursday evening issued an extreme weather warning for all but the far north east of the country. It too expects snow of between 5 cm and 10 cm over much of the country with up to 20 cm in places.
Saturday is forecast to be dry and sunny, but will remain below freezing. Saturday night will be as cold as -7 Celsius in places, the KNMI says.
Overnight snow caused delays on the roads on Thursday morning and led NS to run fewer trains in some parts of the country.