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WATCH: Snow & ice warning as cold snap grips Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:23am 5th February 2018. (Updated at 3:01pm 5th February 2018)

Cornwall is in the grip of a cold snap, sweeping the UK.

Snow and ice warnings are out up country, with forecasters predicting lows of -10C in some places.

Alerts for the Duchy kick-in from Tuesday morning, but News Editor, Emma, had to de-ice her car on Monday.

Pirate FM's Breakfast Presenter, Neil, said the thermometer in his car was reading -3C in Bodmin.

This is what the weather is looking like for Monday...

A Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice will be in force from 5am on Tuesday until 9am on Wednesday.

It says: "Snow showers are likely to affect the west of the UK, with icy stretches developing overnight.

"Some transport disruption is possible, with longer journey times and delays to public transport.

"Icy patches are likely to develop on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths, leading to an increased risk of injury from slips, trips and falls".

This is what the weather is looking like for the rest of the week...

The Chief Forecaster says: "Following a band of rain, sleet and snow, clearing southeastwards, rain, sleet and snow showers are likely to increasingly affect western parts of the UK.

"Snow showers are likely to be frequent in western Scotland and northern Northern Ireland, where hail and thunder are also possible.

"These will gradually fade overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, with icy stretches developing as skies clear, particularly where early snow has melted and then refrozen overnight.

"0.5-3, locally 5 cm of snow is likely at low levels, with some places above 200 m seeing 7-10 cm.

"As is usually the case with showers, not everywhere within the warning area will see them, and along immediate coastal fringes exposed to the northwest, they may fall predominantly as rain".

You can check the latest alerts from the Met Office here or watch what that yellow warning means...

 

How to drive on icy roads:

  • Anticipation and smoothness are key for driving on icy roads.
  • Look well ahead for potential hazards – including, of course, patches of ice – and keep your speed well down.
  • Accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce the risk of a skid.
  • A higher gear may be more appropriate to aid grip on packed ice.
  • This helps manage engine power delivery, making it easier to find traction. If it’s a manual, you might need to slip the clutch a little to prevent the car from stalling. 
  • Many automatics will let you select second gear at a standstill to pull away in.

How to identify and drive on black ice

Sometimes black ice appears as a glossy sheen on the road. You may see it glinting in the sunlight, or spot cars ahead swerving for no obvious reason.

However, it’s likely you won’t see black ice at all, so be particularly cautious on shaded stretches of road, bridges, flyovers and tunnels – anywhere the surface temperature may be lower, in fact. Quiet roads are also more likely to be affected.

If you hit a patch of black ice, don’t panic. Keep the steering wheel straight and maintain your speed – don’t hit the brakes.

Use the gears to slow down if necessary, but avoid any sudden movements that could destabilise the car.

How to correct a skid on ice

If you do encounter a skid, steer gently into it.

For example, if the rear of the car is sliding to the right, steer to the right. As above, do not take your hands off the steering wheel or brake hard.

You can read more tips and advice from the RAC here.

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