Dec 2, 2023 at 2:30 PM Update: 2 minutes ago
Snowfall has caused nuisance in several European countries in recent days and on Saturday. And there’s more to come. Tomorrow it will be the turn of the Netherlands: more than 5 centimeters of snow may fall locally. The KNMI has issued code yellow.
Code yellow applies from Saturday 5 p.m. to the provinces of Zeeland, South Holland, North Holland, Friesland, Groningen and Flevoland, due to slippery conditions. There will be an additional risk of snowfall on Sunday afternoon. During the course of Sunday, code yellow will also be issued for all other provinces, due to the risk of slippery conditions.
“Tomorrow it will snow, especially in the Benelux,” says meteorologist Johnny Willemsen from Weerplaza in conversation with NU.nl. In recent days, most of the winter showers were over Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “Some of them are also moving east, towards the Czech Republic, Poland and Belarus.”
This means that a new group of countries can brace themselves for winter nuisance. KLM had to cancel some flights to Germany and the United Kingdom on Saturday because those countries are struggling with the snowfall. It is not clear whether Sunday’s flight schedule will also be adjusted. “It is not possible to say yet,” says a spokesperson.
Munich and the surrounding area buried under thick snow
Chance of a white landscape is greatest in the northeast on Monday
It is going to snow for a long time in many places. The chance of a white landscape is greatest on Monday morning in Friesland, Overijssel, Drenthe and Groningen. Moreover, even more snow may fall on Monday. “Also elsewhere in Europe. In France, for example, it can snow in the mountains and in other regions it can rain a lot,” Willemsen explains.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland already struggled with the heavy snowfall on Saturday and in recent days. Train traffic was disrupted in southeastern Germany and hundreds of flights were canceled at Munich airport. More than half of the seven hundred planned flights did not depart.
In Munich and Ulm, stranded passengers had to spend the night on trains. Due to the heavy snowfall, the Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin has also been canceled. It is not considered safe to allow supporters to come to the Allianz Arena due to the weather conditions.
In Austria and Switzerland, almost 50 centimeters of snow fell in one night in some places. Avalanche warnings were issued in several states in both countries. Many accidents occurred on public roads. In the United Kingdom, air traffic to and from Glasgow airport was temporarily suspended.
According to Willemsen, the above countries should prepare for even more snow: it could also snow there again from Monday.