The snow fell first in East and West Flanders. It combined with 60km/h winds and there were fears that it could cause rush-hour misery. However, this didn’t turn out to be the case, although some bus routes were subject to delays.
Gritters spread around 828 tonnes of salt on roads across Flanders during Thursday night.
A spokesperson for the Flemish Roads Agency told the VRT that “At the moment there is enough salt on the roads. However, rain and melting snow could cause the salt to be washed away, whereby the rain could freeze. Our teams of gritters are observing the situation closely and will act if necessary.”
Lorry bans and cancelled flights
The authorities in Wallonia have banned lorries longer than 13 metres on roads (including the E411 motorway) in Namur and Luxembourg provinces.
Meanwhile, the Belgian rail company NMBS reports few if any weather-related delays. It’s a different story at Belgium’s busiest airport at Zaventem, near Brussels.
As a result of the weather just 12 planes can land or take of instead of the usual 40.
By 11am more than 30 flights had already been cancelled.