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Storm “Darcy” disrupted rail and road traffic on Sunday in several countries in northern Europe. The Netherlands has issued a “code red” alert due to freezing cold and winds that could reach 90 km / h.

About 85 cars rolled off the road in the Netherlands after slipping on snow.

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The Netherlands was hit on Sunday by a heavy snowstorm, the first in a decade, disrupting rail and road traffic, as a cold front swept through northern Europe.

Rail services were also affected in Germany, while on the other side of the North Sea, Great Britain prepared for the arrival of this storm named “Darcy” by Dutch meteorologists.

“This is the first snowstorm (in the country) in a long time: the last (…) was in January 2010,” according to the weather forecast website Weer.nl. The Dutch meteorological agency KNMI issued a “code red” alert across the country on Sunday due to winds that could reach 90 km / h and “freezing cold”.

Closed testing centers

The Dutch government has closed all coronavirus testing centers for several days, due to the severity of the conditions, as the country expects to experience ten days of freezing temperatures. Most parts of the country were covered with 5 to 10 cm of snow on Sunday, but the white blanket was up to 30 cm thick in places, according to the public broadcaster NOS.

All trains were canceled in the country until at least Sunday noon, rail operator NS said. About 85 cars had come off the road after slipping on snow, according to the Dutch Infrastructure Authority, which advises motorists to avoid driving.

A photo tweeted by local authorities showed a snowplow that had fallen into a ditch.

Disturbances in Germany

In Germany, snowfall caused major disruptions to train traffic in North Rhine-Westphalia (west), the most populous region in the country (18 million inhabitants), as well as to rail traffic departing from Hamburg (north).

The snow has also caused significant delays in road traffic in Germany, while 222 accidents have been counted since Saturday afternoon, a police spokesperson told DPA. Up to 40 cm of snow was expected in parts of the north of the country overnight from Sunday to Monday, according to the DWD weather service.

Belgium, neighboring the Netherlands, was covered in a layer of light snow but expected a sharp drop in temperatures next week. In the United Kingdom, authorities have issued an orange weather alert for the south-east of England, due to possible roads blocked by snow and expected disruptions to road, rail and air transport.

AFP

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