A code yellow was issued by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute KNMI today warning Dutch commuters to be careful of thick fog and icy roads during rush hours. As Dagblad van het Noorden reports, the combination of fog and slippery roads has caused numerous accidents in Groningen and Drenthe this morning.
In the province of Groningen, one cyclist was injured after a collision with a car at an intersection in the municipality of Grootegast. The cyclist was taken to the hospital with injuries. The windshield of the car was severely damaged by the blow.
Another car got off the road near the village go Garmerwolde in the municipality of Groningen. No people were injured.
Many cyclists fell on bridges and in sharp turns. Most of them were left with minor injuries.
Code yellow means ‘to be on alert’ for a potentially dangerous weather. Thus, the Northern region should be ready for dangerous driving conditions due to poor visibility. It is highly recommended to adjust speed and keep sufficient distance. Fog can be insidious due to sudden occurrence.
The Dutch weather bureau expects that it will remain foggy for a longer time across the country: ‘Dense fog with a visibility of less than 200 meters occurs in the north and east of the Netherlands. The fog spreads slowly westwards towards the centre and northwest of the country.’