Dutch face shortage ofsalt to clear icy roads
3 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — As snowfalls recede, the Netherlands faces up to the next challenge: a big freeze and a shortage of salt to grit icy roads.
3 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — As snowfalls recede, the Netherlands faces up to the next challenge: a big freeze and a shortage of salt to grit icy roads.
Some municipalities had warned by mid-Thursday that motorists should leave the car at home on Friday. This is because supplies of gritting salt are running out and suppliers are operating a waiting list. Similar shortages were also reported in Belgium and Germany.
Dutch weather bureau KNMI said that a complex frontal system stretching from northern Germany to the northwest of France had caused heavy cloud cover with only sporadic light snow showers across the Netherlands on Thursday.
The temperature stayed under freezing (minus 1 degree Celsius) with moderate and a fairly strong north-easterly wind along the coast.
KNMI forecast conditions would clear from the north gradually overnight, accompanied by a sharp drop in temperature. This could lead to temperatures of minus 15 degrees in places.
By Friday morning, thick cloud cover would materialise from the west and there might be more snow, but limited to 1 to 3cm. The temperature will stay around the freezing point.
Meanwhile, news agency ANP reported that the Winterswijk municipality had only enough salt left for Thursday and Oosterhout in North Brabant had only enough for emergencies. Other local governments are reporting similar problems.
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Subject: Dutch news