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2:18pm 18th January 2013
(Updated 2:18pm 18th January 2013)

Snow and storms have hit Cornwall.

Snow has been falling in the north and east of the Duchy.

Lucy in Callington told Pirate FM they have had heavy snowfall since the early hours. Kate in Launceston says they have had around an inch. Kilkhampton and Davidstow have also suffered.

It has not been helped by storms with winds of up to sixty miles an hour.

That has brought down trees and left some roads flooded in the west.

The Met Office says places like Bude, Launceston and Liskeard will bear the brunt of the snow on Friday morning.

It has put the east on a yellow severe weather warning, but that is nowhere near as bad as it is further up country.

Gritters have broken into the seventeen thousand tonnes they have got stockpiled in the Duchy.

Jeremy Edwards, the Council’s Highways Network Manager said: “We would always encourage people not to travel in really bad weather if their journey is not essential but, if they have to travel, they need to make sure that they check the forecasts before they set out.

“However drivers should never assume that a road has been treated and, therefore, should always drive with care and in accordance with the road and weather conditions”.

Gritting teams have been out since midnight treating roads in the areas worst hit.

Teams will be salting routes on high ground again overnight as temperatures plunge towards freezing.

It is feared any left over slush could freeze over.

Bert Biscoe is in charge of roads at the council. He 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.”

Launceston Primary says it will be closed today. Upton Cross Primary is opening later at 10am. You can find the latest details here.

Tips for Driving in Snow

    * Stay in a higher gear to aid traction. Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.  

    * Keep your speed down; try to maintain a constant speed. Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving.

    *  Minimise the use of brakes to reduce the risk of sliding. Always apply brakes gently. Release them and de-clutch if the car skids.

    *  If you skid, don’t hit the brakes! It’s best not to get into a skid in the first place. But if you do skid, slamming on the brakes is the worst thing you can do because it locks the wheels.  Ease off on the accelerator and turn the steering wheel into the skid. This means that if you were turning right and the car started sliding to the left, you should turn the steering wheel to the left. This will help to correct the slide.

    *  Leave as much room as possible between you and the car in front – stopping distances can be up to 10 times longer in ice and snow.

    *  Scan the road ahead and anticipate hazards.  When climbing a hill avoid having to stop on the hill by waiting until it is clear of other cars or by leaving plenty of room between you and the car in front. Try to maintain a constant speed, choosing the most suitable gear well in advance to avoid having to change down on the hill.

    *  When driving downhill, reduce your speed before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid using the brakes.  

    *  If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground.

Source: AA

2:18pm 18th January 2013

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