Freezing fog makes rush hour treacherous

Thick fog on motorways in the south and centre of the Netherlands on Thursday morning led to the closure of the rush hour lanes on the Al, A28 and A50, leading to traffic jams.

The lanes were closed because fog was hampering the view of security cameras, said traffic information service VID.
The VID is also warning motorists that the fog can lead to black ice on road surfaces.
In The Hague the freezing temperatures are causing problems for grave diggers who are having to use gas burners to melt a 30 centimetre layer of frost, reports Trouw. A spokesman told the paper that preparing graves was taking an hour and a half longer than usual.
And the Volkskrant says girls attending strict Protestant schools are still banned from wearing trousers despite the cold. The only exception is the Pieter Zandt school in Kampen where special changing areas have been created in the cycle shed.

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