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Road users urged to prepare for snowy and icy conditions

Drivers who need to travel are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys this afternoon (Wednesday 13 January) due to snowy and icy conditions in Yorkshire and the North East.

Highways England’s gritting teams are working around the clock to treat roads and keep them free from disruption, however significant snowfall is predicted with the possibility of freezing rain.

According to the Met Office there is a risk particularly to the higher routes.

Parts of the A66 and the A69 could see up to 12 centimetres of snow. The M62 J21-23, the M6 at Shap Summit and the A628 Woodhead Pass could experience up to four centimetres, while the A1 and A19 could also see between one and three centimetres.

The snow is expected to continue throughout this evening and overnight affecting all parts of the region. The risk of further snowfall continues tomorrow morning, with trans-Pennine routes and the North East affected.

People who need to make essential journeys are advised to check their route before travelling.

Highways England’s Operations Manager, Andrew Kippax said: “Gritters are out treating our routes but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.   

“If you need to make an essential journey, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal and the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway. 

“Freezing rain can cause black ice to form rapidly and preparations may not prevent incidents occurring. Black ice is difficult to see, so even when conditions seem normal, it can be very slippery – leading to dangerous driving conditions.

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.” 

Highways England is advising drivers to pay attention to messages on the overhead electronic signs and listen for radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting www.trafficengland.com, following @highwaysneast  and @highwaysyorks on Twitter or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000. The latest weather forecast can be seen online at www.metoffice.gov.uk 

The latest Government travel advice can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home#travel

MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST

❄ SATURDAY SNOW WARNING FOR EAST & NORTH YORKSHIRE ❄

Most of East and North Yorkshire is currently under a snow and ice warning, running until 9pm tomorrow (Thursday 14th January 2021), with a chance of snow flurries forecast in the next hour and later this evening.

And there could be some weekend snow for the area after the Met Office issued a yellow warning of snow and ice for Saturday,

The warning, which comes into force at 3am and runs until 9pm on Saturday, suggests a band of heavy snow, which may lead to travel disruption for those making essential journeys.

People are being told to expect the following:

  • A small chance of travel delays on roads with some stranded vehicles and passengers, along with delayed or cancelled rail and air travel
  • A small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
  • A small chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • A small chance that untreated pavements and cycle paths become dangerous, posing a greater risk of injury

An area of rain pushing eastwards is expected to turn to snow in places as it encounters colder air across Scotland and parts of northern and eastern England.

At first, the main hazard may be rain falling onto frozen surfaces leading to ice, especially on higher level routes.

However snow becomes more likely during the early morning. Heavier snowfall is more likely above 200 metres in Scotland and northern England, where 5-10cm of snow may accumulate, possibly 20cm on highest routes.

At lower levels and further south, 2-5cm of snow may accumulate in places, but the situation is finely balanced, with the possibility that most lower-lying areas, especially in the east, will see rain or sleet rather than snow.

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