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WATCH: A fresh ice warning after the snow in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 10:49am 19th March 2018. (Updated at 6:49am 20th March 2018)

A fresh ice warning has been issued for Cornwall in the wake of all the snow.

More heavy flurries fell across the Duchy on Monday morning, as the 'mini Beast from the East' continues.

Many schools are closed or opening late after the white stuff blanketed towns and villages.

It caused travel chaos on the A30, which was closed from Bodmin to Exeter until 8am on Monday.

The army was drafted in to help move abandoned cars while dozens of drivers spent the night in emergency rest centres.

The latest ice warning will be in force from 7pm on Monday until 9am on Tuesday.

The Met Office said: "Ice is likely to form on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

"This increases the risk of accidents, as well as injuries from slips and falls".

The Chief Forecaster added: "After a clear start in many areas with the temperature falling below freezing through Monday evening, it will turn cloudier from the north, with the possibility of some wintry showers in places.

"The temperature may come back above freezing in some places for a time, but will fall below again where the cloud breaks.

"Therefore, ice is likely to form where untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths are left wet after snow melts during the day, or partly melted snow refreezes, and where wintry showers occur overnight".

You can check the latest weather warnings here or watch what that yellow alert 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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