İrem UZUN -TDO- The Netherlands was blanketed on Sunday by the first major snowstorm to hit the country in 10 years, disrupting rail and road traffic, as a cold front pushed through northern Europe. A "Code Red" weather warning was declared in the Netherlands for all of Sunday, meaning winds of up to 90km/h and "bitter cold" were forecast.
Dutch authorities have closed all coronavirus testing centers because of the extreme weather. Transport has been disrupted and rail connections with Germany, where northern areas have also been blanketed by snow, have been suspended. The cold snap is a result of Storm Darcy, which has also affected parts of the UK.
Most parts of the country had between 5cm and 10cm of snow but some areas received 30cm, public broadcaster NOS said. All trains were cancelled in the Netherlands until at least noon, train operator NS said. Motorists were advised to avoid travelling and there were around 85 reports of cars skidding off the road, the Dutch infrastructure authority said.
Due to global warming, it is not often that the Netherlands measures a snowstorm. The penultimate time was in January 2010. At that time, no snowstorm had been recorded for 25 years. On February 1979, one of the worst snowstorms on record was measured. That year, snow dunes of up to 6 meters were caused by extreme weather conditions.