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Ice alert to follow amber snow warning for Cornwall

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6:08pm 18th March 2018
(Updated 6:08pm 18th March 2018)

These are the severe weather warnings that will affect the drive to work in Cornwall.

An amber alert will be in force until 3am on Monday, followed by a yellow ice warning for rush-hour.

As a result of that, Pondhu Primary School in St Austell will be opening later; check the details here.

The white stuff caused traffic chaos across the south-west on Sunday, including a pile-up which shut a stretch of the A30.

Scroll down to read advice on how to drive in snow and ice, including tips on how to get out of a skid.

Cornwall Council's emergency management team are keeping an eye on the weather and the gritters will be out on Sunday night.

A spokesperson said: "Going into the evening we expect to see further snow but it will become lighter, through the night it will die away, and by morning it should be gone.

"In light of this we are asking you to stay indoors if you can, stay warm and check on any vulnerable relatives or neighbours".

The Met Office said: "Snow will continue across much of southwest England during Sunday afternoon, easing at times during the evening, but further spells of snow are likely into the early hours of Monday.

"Strong east or northeasterly winds will lead to some drifting of snow, especially over hills, with significant wind chill.

"Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely.

"There is a good chance that some rural upland communities could become cut off. Disruption to power supplies is possible".

The Chief Forecaster's statement reads: "A band of heavier snow is moving westwards across southwest England, with falls of 5-10 cm of snow within 2 to 3 hours.

"Snow will be most persistent and heavy during Sunday afternoon and evening over Dartmoor and much of South Devon, where a further 10-15 cm is expected and as much as 20-30 cm over eastern parts of Dartmoor.

"The snow will ease at times through the evening, but further spells of heavier snow are possible until the early hours of Monday.

"As less cold air follows from the south, snow may turn to rain for a time close to the south coasts of Devon and Cornwall".

 

We've then got a yellow weather warning for ice out from midnight through until 10am on Monday morning.

A Met Office spokesperson added: "Ice is likely widely on roads, pavements and cycle paths.

"This increases the risk of accidents, as well as injuries due to falls.

"This warning has been updated to remove much of Scotland (apart from the southeast) and parts of Northern Ireland whilst it has been extended to cover remaining parts of eastern England and the extreme southwest".

Keep up with the latest information on the Pirate FM live blog 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.

6:08pm 18th March 2018

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