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

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

Temperatures have averaged between 3 and 6 degrees F below normal, accompanied by by prolonged snowy and icy conditions.

While this winter isn't record breaking, it has been substantially cold and incessant 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 into the cracks it also makes its way into underlying dirt and gravel. The dirt and gravel is pushed out, leaving a hole when the water melts.

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

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

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