Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe

Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
Cars and trucks are stuck in a traffic jam in snowfall on the snowy Autobahn 4 near Dresden, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)

Transport disruption in Germany and the Netherlands persisted into a second day on Monday as heavy snowfall and icy temperatures gripped parts of central and northern Europe. Some Dutch children's return to school after a coronavirus lockdown was delayed.

Trucks got stuck in snowdrifts overnight on the A4 highway near Gera in eastern Germany, while part of the A7 highway near Goettingen in northern Germany was closed after trucks became stuck on uphill stretches, news agency dpa reported.

Railway operator Deutsche Bahn said services remained suspended across parts of central and northern Germany, with no long-distance trains running northeast from Frankfurt, west from Berlin or southwest from Hamburg.

Dutch railway operator NS said a very limited service was expected in the Netherlands on Monday.

Heavy snow overnight also snarled transport in the Czech Republic. International trains faced hours of delays while numerous Monday morning commuter trains to Prague had to be canceled. Trams and buses in the capital also were disrupted.

The D1 highway that links Prague with the country's second-largest city, Brno, was blocked in several places by trucks while an accident halted traffic on the D8 highway leading from Prague to Germany.

Monday was supposed to be the day hundreds of thousands of Dutch children returned to their elementary schools after a tough coronavirus lockdown that began before the Christmas holidays.

  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    Cars drive on the snow-covered Messeschnellweg road during snowfall in Laatzen, Germany, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Parts of Germany are hit by strong winter weather. ( Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    A man walks on a snowy street in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Parts of Germany are hit by strong winter weather. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    Cars and trucks are stuck in a traffic jam in the early morning snowfall on the snowy Autobahn 4 near Dresden, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, while a man walks along the roadway between the vehicles. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    Trucks are stuck in a traffic jam on the Autobahn 4 near Gera, Germany, after heavy snowfall during the night, traffic in the direction of Erfurt came to a standstill on a mountain, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. (Bodo Schackow/dpa via AP)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    A bus drives along frozen trees in Oberreifenberg near Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Parts of Germany are hit by strong winter weather. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    Municipal workers trying to clear a sidewalk from the snow in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Heavy snow falls hit hard the industrial Ruhr area. Parts of Germany are hit by strong winter weather. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    Municipal workers trying to clear a sidewalk from the snow in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Heavy snow falls hit hard the industrial Ruhr area. Parts of Germany are hit by strong winter weather. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Snow, ice disrupt transport in central, northern Europe
    Yussuf clears the snow at the sidewalk in front of a kiosk shop in Hannover, Germany, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Parts of Germany are hit by strong winter weather. (Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa via AP)

Instead, for many, it was another day at home as a snow storm that hit the Netherlands on Sunday disrupted travel around the nation.

Rien Spies, a board member of an organization that runs 24 near Amsterdam, told NOS Radio 1 that those schools would remain closed Monday "because the expectation was for chaos on the roads and public transport."


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