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Holland hit by heavy snow

Published on : 17 December 2010 - 4:00pm | By Rob Kievit (Photo: Guido Z)
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Heavy snow storms have brought Amsterdam and other Dutch cities to a standstill.

The national meteorological institute (KNMI) issued a weather warning on Friday afternoon, calling on people to avoid travelling. In the middle of the Friday rush hour, thousands of cars got stuck on motorways near Utrecht and Rotterdam. Up to 10 cm of snow has fallen in the western half of the country, and the east will be affected too, making major traffic arteries unpassable.

Rail services had just returned to normal following disruption in Utrecht, the central hub of the train system, when the snow set in and led to widespread delays. Amsterdam has cancelled all of its bus services, as have bus companies in some rural areas.

Weather forecasters say the snow is likely to continue throughout the weekend, with temperatures remaining below freezing until Monday.

It's the second period of significant snowfall in Holland this season, despite the country's reputation for relatively mild and wet winters.



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Joan 21 December 2010 - 12:37pm

This is the autenthic christmas. Happy christmas and new year!!!

christopher cholewa 19 December 2010 - 4:09pm / u.s.a.

well-its winter-and yes-this is all about climate change-the worlds weather is constantly in flux-always has been-always will be.15cm of snow?not very unusual-an early winter perhaps-we shall see whats in store for us in January.Remember-Rotterdam weather is not like Aruba-Cuaracao-St.Maarten-Jakarta-or Capetown.after all -thats why we take holidays there.

Nasir Aziz 19 December 2010 - 12:49pm

Hi I am fine and I hope you all will be fine here in Hilverssum. Regards Nasir Aziz Tariq

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claire wilson 18 December 2010 - 3:44pm / Malaysia

last time my husband and I were deep into the Dutch snow was 6 years ago we're now living in Malaysia and seeing those photo's I feel a little homesick. still would not want to fly 14 hours to experience it again! makes lovely photo's though!

jasmin 17 December 2010 - 4:54pm / India

Oh dear! Snow looks beautiful in pics, but creates problems for the area. Best wishes,Travel safe!

Anonynes ENGEL Engel 18 December 2010 - 10:55pm / Australia

I am dreaming of a white christmas as i used to know when i was living there.
Zalig kerstfeest.Engel.Riet.

Anonynes ENGEL Engel 18 December 2010 - 10:55pm / Australia

I am dreaming of a white christmas as i used to know when i was living there.
Zalig kerstfeest.Engel.Riet.

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