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5:55pm 17th January 2013
(Updated 5:55pm 17th January 2013)

Snow place like Cornwall.

The Duchy is told it is in for some of the white stuff after all.

Met Offfice forecasters say east Cornwall is expected to get heavy snow falls in the early hours of Friday morning.

You can check the latest updates for where you live here.

It comes as a band of snow sweeps north eastwards across the country, dumping up to thirty centimetres in the most severely affected areas.

Devon is expected to be hit worse than Cornwall.

Met Office forecasters said:

"Accumulations of more than 5-10 cm of snow will occur quite widely, with 15 cm in some western parts of the Amber area, falling within 3-6 hours. The public should be prepared for disruption, including altering travel plans."

Advice is going out to drivers. Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations said:

“Tomorrow morning’s commute is likely to test man and machine with potentially challenging driving conditions across many areas. If the snow comes in quickly, it will cause problems, particularly drifting snow.

“The weather is a fickle thing – it could be rain one minute and then snow the next – so keep tuned to local radio for the weather and travel updates. If it’s really bad where you are then consider changing your plans and travel later or use alternative means.

“Even if you only have a short journey, as a bare minimum, take warm clothing, de-icer and a fully-charged mobile.”

We are being advised to check our cars and take the following:

  • Warm winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves and warm clothes
  • Waterproofs
  • Sturdy boots
  • Flask of hot drink

Bert Biscoe, portfolio holder for transportation, highways and environment operations at Cornwall Council, said:

"Although the Council and other agencies work hard to manage winter weather please check forecasts before you travel.  Don’t assume a road has been treated, drive carefully and think of others – it can take up to ten times longer to stop in icy conditions.

“Please reduce speed and keep a reasonable distance between yourself and other vehicles, look out for pedestrians and cyclists and, be especially careful on minor roads, driving according to the weather and road conditions you are experiencing – a road can be treacherously icy, especially in the morning, even if the sun is shining.”

The Council has produced a winter driving leaflet containing advice and information on how to drive safely in adverse weather conditions which is available on a special “snow pack” section on the Council’s website

The snow pack area also contains details of the Council’s winter maintenance policy and procedures, including details of which roads are treated, advice on how to stay warm during the cold weather, together with a copy of the Government’s national Snow Code which gives advice to members of the public on clearing roads and pavements in their local communities.   This includes:   

  • Clear the snow or ice early in the day
  • Use salt or sand – not water
  • Take care where you move the snow to make sure it does not block other people’s paths or drains
  • Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths if they are unable to do it and check that any elderly or disabled people are alright in the cold weather

Staff from the Council’s Emergency Management service have been working with the police and the voluntary sector to draw up a list of volunteer 4 x 4 drivers who will help transport essential workers such as nurses and doctors and care workers to and from work during a prolonged period of severe weather.

5:55pm 17th January 2013

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