Morning rush begins early but is slowed by snow

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2 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — The morning rush hour began earlier than usual on Thursday as commuters took account of the blanket of snow covering the Netherlands.

2 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — The morning rush hour began earlier than usual on Thursday as commuters took account of the blanket of snow covering the Netherlands.

Automobile association ANWB said there were considerably more traffic jams than normal by 6.30am.

An accident caused one of the first traffic jams on the A7 between Avenhorn and Purmerend. The A1 near Deventer was closed briefly when a truck skidded off the road at 4.30am.

A spokesperson for the ANWB estimated the total length of tailbacks across the country would be between 300 and 400 kilometres.

The north of the country is particularly badly hit by a combination of new snow showers and snow already on the ground. Motorists have been warned to be on their guard for slippery roads.

Dutch rail company NS also reported problems. It cautioned that some of its scheduled services may not run due to the bad weather.

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