The IRM announces winter showers over the country this Thursday morning and calls for the vigilance of users because of the slippery roads. The maxima will be between -2 and 1°C in the Ardennes; they will be around 3 or 4°C in the center and 5°C on the coast. Winter conditions will also continue for the next few days, with the possibility of hail, sleet and snow. The Federal Highway Police reports hailstorms in West Flanders. The pavement of the E304 is very slippery.
The combination of sub-zero temperatures and winter precipitation made roads and bike paths slippery at rush hour Thursday morning. The Flemish Roads and Traffic Agency (AWV) asks users to be extra careful when hitting the road, especially in the morning. In fact, winter precipitation can wash away the spreading salt. “Keep your distance and don’t drive too fast,” advises AWV spokesperson Katrien Kiekens.
Several accidents have been reported on the E304, in West Flanders around Bruges and Ruddervoorde. Near Lichtervelde in the direction of Bruges, the left lane is blocked. On the E40 near Gistel, traffic is delayed due to an accident. In Torhout, a car rolled onto its side in a ditch. The driver was surprised by a slippery road like a skating rink.
About 240 kilometers of queues are reported across Belgium. Especially in Limburg, driving can be a bit tricky here and there.