A cold winter has contributed to extremely pothole-laden roadways throughout Poland.

Warsaw has had a consistently cold winter since the beginning of December, and cold winter nights have allowed water to freeze and expand in cracked roadways.

Women walk past an advertising board on a snow-covered street in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
Temperatures have averaged between 3 and 6 degrees F below normal, accompanied by prolonged snowy and icy conditions.

While this winter isn't record breaking, it has been substantially and incessantly cold for Poland.

Many drivers have reported damage to vehicles as a result of these potholes, and the General Directorate for National Roads admits that as much as 40 percent of major roads have been affected.

The freeze-thaw cycle of warmer days and cooler nights paired with heavy driving causes stress to roadways.

When water freezes and expands in the cracks, it also makes its way into underlying dirt and gravel. The dirt and gravel are pushed out, leaving a hole when the water melts.

Poland is known for its low quality roads, even in the country's capital of Warsaw. Many regions of Poland have not had road repairs in years.

The directorate is assuring citizens that major roadways will be repaired as soon as the weather breaks.

As of the last week of February, the weather has warmed significantly with near- to above-normal temperatures set to last through at least the first week in March.

The warming will melt away most of the snow and allow the ground to warm, but freezing nights will continue to stress and further damage streets and highways.

Story by AccuWeather.com's Carly Porter and Jim Andrews.