Code Yellow warning issued for slippery conditions

Saturday’s low temperatures mean that we have to be even more careful than normal when we are out and about. The Royal Meteorological Institute (KMI) has issued a Code Yellow warning for ice and frost across the entire country. From around midday a depression bring snow will have reached the west of the country. 

It will spread eastwards and by the end of the afternoon all areas should have seen at least some snowfall. KMI expects between 2 and 7cm of snow to fall in West Flanders. Between 2 and 5 cm of snow are forecast for East Flanders, Flemish and Walloon Brabant, Brussels, Antwerp Province, Hainaut and Limburg. Between 3 and 8cm of snow is forecast for Namur, Liège and Luxembourg provinces. 

314 gritters out on Flemish roads

Teams of gritters from the Flemish Highways and Traffic Agency were out on the region’s roads on Friday night. They will continue their work on Saturday and will be at hand to clear snow where necessary. Wet conditions can serve to wash away the salt the gritting teams have applied to road surfaces. This coupled with the fact that it is difficult to predict the intensity of the snowfall means that means that that the gritting teams face a challenging day, a Highways and Traffic Agency spokesperson told VRT News.

A total of 314 gritter lorries are ready to keep the region’s main roads and motorways free of snow and ice. Bicycle lanes will also be treated. So far this winter the Flemish Highways and Traffic Agency has used 9,300 tonnes of salt to treat the region’s roads.

From Saturday evening the snow will turn to rain in the west. Central areas will see rain during Saturday night. The Code Yellow warning remains in force until 10am. 

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