Commuters in Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland are being advised to exercise caution on the roads on Friday morning due to icy conditions caused by new snowfall.
Qbuzz, the regional bus service provider, delayed the start of its services by about an hour due to the slippery conditions. Wim van der Poel, the operational manager at Qbuzz, said that regional traffic control received reports from various locations indicating that drivers were facing significant challenges getting to work. “It was still too slippery everywhere to start driving,” he said.
The bus services have now been resumed, but Van der Poel anticipates delays for the foreseeable future. “The schedule is in operation, and all drivers are on the road, albeit with some delay,” he added.
Van der Poel cautioned that passengers should continue to expect delays. “We are closely monitoring the road conditions. By around 08:00 AM, everything should be running according to the schedule,” he stated.
While main roads are navigable with caution, especially at roundabouts and on cobblestone streets, inner roads require extra care. “On the smaller, inner roads, drivers need to maneuver with extreme caution,” Van der Poel reported in an update after 07:00 AM.
Weather expert Harma Boer provided insight into the challenging conditions: “Several snow showers occurred overnight, and the road surface temperature is well below freezing. It’s crucial to be careful. There is still a chance of snow showers this morning, with dry conditions expected in the afternoon. The sun will also make an appearance.”
A yellow weather warning has been issued for the north by the KNMI weather bureau due to the inclement weather conditions.
For the full weather forecast for today and the upcoming days, please refer to the KNMI website. Stay updated on the current road situation here.