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Black ice warning issued as a cold weather alert hits

Black ice warning issued as a cold weather alert hits

Published by Emma Carton at 7:29am 20th January 2020. (Updated at 7:50am 20th January 2020)

A black ice warning has been issued to drivers on day two of Cornwall's cold weather alert.

The Level Two alert will be in force until Tuesday evening, as temperatures plummet.

Overnight lows were forecast to fall to as low as -6C in some areas.

The gritters have been out across the Duchy and you can check the treated routes here.

Kernow Weather Team says conditions on untreated roads and pavements could be slippery.

"Another bitterly cold start for Monday with widespread frost and perhaps some fog for some. 

"Please be advised of icy stretches first thing in the morning, particularly black ice on roads and pavements, that haven't been treated.

"We will again see another dry and gorgeous day with some long periods of sunshine. 

"There will be a little more cloud around from time to time, but this won't spoil things.

"If you decide to go out and enjoy the weather, please wrap up warm.

"The winds will be from the East/Northeast, light around 2 - 8mph.

"Temperatures will struggle from 0C to 8C during the day. However add on a wind chill factor, it's likely to feel more like minus 2 to +4C.

"Temperatures will also range, depending on sunlight and colder in sheltered spots.

"Evening and overnight, staying dry but a bitterly cold one. Clear skies making temperatures fall rapidly with a widespread frost again and icy stretches.

"Night time temperatures could be as low as -4C, so please watch out for black ice".

Kernow Weather Team

What is the full forecast?

Monday: "A frosty start to Monday with localised patches of fog, some of which may be slow to clear. Otherwise, it will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures staying on the chilly side, especially where the fog lingers. Maximum temperature 6 °C".

Monday night: "It will be clear and frosty in the west tonight, but with widespread fog and freezing fog developing elsewhere through the early hours. Turning frosty under the clear skies. Minimum temperature -4 °C".

Tuesday: "After a frosty and foggy morning for many, the rest of Tuesday looks to be dry with plenty of afternoon sunshine. Feeling cold, especially where fog is slow to clear. Maximum temperature 5 °C".

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: "The coming days look to be mostly cloudy and chilly, with patchy rain at times. Fog patches are expected to form overnight, some possibly lingering late into the day".

Met Office

You can check the full forecast for Cornwall and the south-west here.

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