Traffic should take account of bacon slippery roads on Monday. The treacherous smoothness comes from anticipated rainfall and frost to the ground. The KNMI has issued a weather alarm.
In Noord- and Zuid-Holland and Zeeland code red applies between 03.00 am and 10.00 am, in Noord-Brabant, Gelderland, Utrecht, Flevoland, Friesland and the Wadden Islands that is in force between 05.00 am and 12.00 pm. For Groningen, Drenthe, Overijssel and Limburg the code is red between 07.00 and 14.00 hours.
The rain migrates from west to east over the Netherlands on Monday. According to Weer.nl, the freezing cold of the past week has allowed the soil to cool down considerably. “This means that the rain that falls in the first few hours still falls on a frozen surface. So, on an extensive scale, a thin layer of ice can first form, resulting in treacherous smoothness.”
The KNMI argues that there is a high risk of inconvenience and injury due to the smoothness. There is also a high probability that public transport will be disrupted. “Do not go on a journey if this is not strictly necessary”, says the weather institute. Especially local roads will become very slippery, it is expected.
Rijkswaterstaat reports that it is ready to use 546 scatters to combat smoothness. Rijkswaterstaat advises people who are on the road on Monday: “Driving slowly, keeping distance, not changing lanes unnecessarily and braking quietly.”
Code yellow is in force in the Netherlands until 3:00 a.m.
Due to the weather conditions, the GGD has decided to keep test and vaccination sites closed on Monday morning. When a location can be reopened, it will vary by region.
After the freezing period there will be a chance of high temperatures next weekend, says Alfred Snoek van WeerPlaza:
Primary schools close to
Primary schools and childcare locations of educational authority Wolderwijs in the province of Drenthe will remain closed on Monday. Nor can there be an emergency shelter.