THE NETHERLANDS. Dutch railway company NS is running fewer services on Tuesday to head off problems with the forecast snow, even though no more than three centimetres is expected.
The first snow hit the south west of the country during the morning rush hour and the showers will move north and east as the day progresses. However, the KNMI weather bureau says the snow cover will only be between one and three centimetres thick in most places. It may be more in the east.
‘Snow always leads to slippery conditions in places and you should be alert, but we should not exaggerate,’ NOS weather forecaster Willemijn Hoebert said. ‘We are not going to get snow storms or situations like we saw recently in Austria.’
The transport ministry’s road department has sent out 546 gritting lorries and 350 snow ploughs to keep the roads clear. Schiphol airport has also warned that some flights could be delayed or cancelled.
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