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Drivers warned after bursts of hail across Cornwall

Drivers warned after bursts of hail across Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:57pm 25th February 2020.

A warning has been issued to drivers as bursts of hail, sleet and even snow are reported across Cornwall.

The gritters have already been out on Tuesday afternoon because of the ice warning.

The Met Office yellow alert for the slippery stuff will be in force until 10am on Wednesday.

Wintry showers are currently sweeping the Duchy as temperatures plummet, with reports of roads turning white.

Flurries were spotted on Dartmoor on Tuesday afternoon and forecasters are not ruling out a few more for other areas of higher ground like Bodmin Moor.

What is the advice for driving in snow and ice?

The RAC has these tips for driving in icy weather:

  • In icy conditions, don’t drive unless absolutely necessary.
  • If you can’t avoid driving when it’s icy out, the first thing you need to do is clear your windscreen of all ice and frost to ensure you can safely see out of the entire window, and aren’t “portholing”, a practice that could see you fined £60.
  • Remember, in icy conditions tyre grip is greatly reduced, so braking distances are much longer. Leave a much increased gap to the vehicle in front.
  • You should accelerate, brake, steer and change gear as smoothly as possible to reduce skid risk, while a higher gear may be more appropriate to help find traction on pack ice.
  • Black ice - a smooth, transparent layer of ice on the road surface - is another hazard on winter roads as it’s not easily visible to drivers, so be extra careful if the road looks 'wet’ as it could be black ice.

You can read more advice from the RAC here.

Watch what the weather has in store for Cornwall over the next 24 hours...

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