Snow and freezing temperatures to continue

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1 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Snow covered a large area of the Netherlands on Tuesday and continued snowfalls and temperatures close to the freezing were forecast to extend overnight into Wednesday.

1 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Snow covered a large area of the Netherlands on Tuesday and continued snowfalls and temperatures close to the freezing were forecast to extend overnight into Wednesday.

Only the coastal regions were not covered in snow, newspaper De Telegraaf reported early Tuesday afternoon. It was being forecast that coastal regions could expect rainy periods.

The intensity of snowfalls was expected to increase in the evening and overnight. In some regions — especially in the north of the country — a thick layer of snow 5cm deep could be reported, the website www.weathernews.nl said.

The weather was expected to dry and clear up on Thursday as the wind continues to soften. Moderate to extreme temperatures below zero are forecast for Thursday night.

Despite an unusually mild, sunny and dry winter, meteorology bureau KNMI said spring had started with a cold blast.

It said a new low pressure system would result in snowfalls in coming days and that 5cm of snow had fallen in North Holland by 2pm on Tuesday.

But the cloud cover means the mercury will not drop so low as it did on Sunday night, when the winter's coldest temperature was recorded at Deelen (minus 12.3 degrees Celsius).

It said the coming 10 days would see freezing temperatures and snow, similar to March last year when a moderate "freeze" temperature of minus 8.9 degrees was recorded in Westdorpe.

Despite the continued cold temperatures, the formation of ice on canals and lakes is still patchy. This is because day temperatures will be a maximum of about zero and the winter has been generally mild.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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