CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Fresh Met Office warning about heavy snowfall overnight and tomorrow
WEATHER warnings have again been issued by the Met Office for Cambridgeshire, advising there is a 60 per cent chance of heavy snow across the county. The warning – which also covers Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire – is valid from 6pm today (M
WEATHER warnings have again been issued by the Met Office for Cambridgeshire, advising there is a 60 per cent chance of heavy snow across the county.
The warning - which also covers Peterborough, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire - is valid from 6pm today (Monday) until noon tomorrow (Tuesday).
Forecast rain is set to turn to snow in most places, with up to 10cm expected in places by midnight.
Further snow is expected in many places tomorrow, with falls of 5-10cm. Strong drifting is possible in the predicted strong north-easterly winds.
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The Highways Agency has warned the possibility of snow and icy conditions will make driving conditions hazardous.
Drivers are strongly advised to ensure they are properly prepared for the conditions and to check their routes before setting off tomorrow morning.
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Staff at the Agency's National Traffic Control Centre in Birmingham, working alongside Met Office experts, warn that snow showers and ice could continue to affect much of the country over the next few days.
The Highways Agency's national winter fleet of 500 salt spreaders and snow blowers, has already been used extensively, with regular salt spreading taking place to help keep the traffic moving.
Highways Agency advice to drivers includes:
• Before you set out, check local and national weather forecasts. Listen to travel bulletins on the radio. Be equipped with warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade. Remember that it can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions, so keep a safe distance and allow extra room to slow down and stop.
• If the weather becomes severe, don't drive unless you have to delay your journey until it improves. Give our winter fleet time to get out and do their job.
Up-to-date information on road conditions is available on the Agency website, or by calling 08457 504030. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or listen to local radio, or the Highways Agency's Traffic Radio service on DAB.