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WATCH: Gritters are out... as snow heads for Cornwall


Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:21pm 7th December 2017.

The gritters are out as Cornwall prepares for that snow warning.

The Met Office says we could see a sprinkling of the white stuff along with ice on Friday and Saturday.

It means we could see icy patches on roads and pavements and even snow on higher ground.

The worst of it will affect Scotland, but the warning covers most of the Duchy too, aside from the far west.

It could affect your drive to and from work on Friday - and you can listen to the traffic and travel every 15 mins from 6am on Pirate FM.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "Snow showers are expected to become increasingly frequent over northern Scotland late on Thursday and are expected across many other parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England on Friday.

"2-5 cm of snow is likely for some, with 10-20 cm possible over high ground, mainly Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

"Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.

"Strong northwest winds may cause drifting of the snow in places with blizzard conditions possible at times across northern Scotland.

"The heaviest and most frequent of the snow showers will progressively become confined to northeast Scotland during Saturday.

"Some roads and railways likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and for train services.

"Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces."

The Chief Forecaster's statement reads: "During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances.

"On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area."

Cornwall Council and Cormac have 25 gritters ready, spreading salt over 900 miles of Cornwall's busiest A and B roads.

While salt itself won't prevent snow settling, it does lower its freezing point, making it more difficult for snow to settle or ice to form.

However, snow can make driving difficult, especially if you're not used to it. The advice from CORMAC would be to avoid any unnecessary journey if at all possible.

Monitor your local radio stations, social media and any travel apps on your mobile phones to keep up to date with the latest forecasts, current conditions, and advice.

Driving in snow and ice:

Take it slow – with stopping distances 10 times longer, gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving in ice and snow.

  • Wear comfortable, dry shoes for driving.
  • Pull away in second gear, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin.
  • Uphill – leave plenty of room or wait until it’s clear so you don’t have to stop part way up. Keep a constant speed and try to avoid having to change gear on the hill.
  • Downhill – slow down before the hill, use a low gear and try to avoid braking. Leave as much room as you can to the car in front.
  • If you have to use your brakes, apply them gently.
  • If you drive an Automatic, check the handbook – some have a winter mode or recommend selecting ‘2’ in slippery conditions.
  • If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip.

Read more advice from the AA here, including how to prepare your car for winter driving.

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