SNOW WARNING: Drivers in Essex and the East of England told to check weather forecasts

DRIVERS in Essex are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today and overnight (Wednesday 10 February) as prolonged snow showers are expected from this afternoon until tomorrow morning. The Highways Agency, whi

DRIVERS in Essex are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today and overnight (Wednesday 10 February) as prolonged snow showers are expected from this afternoon until tomorrow morning.

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

The Met Office is forecasting wintry showers across the region, and has issued a severe weather warning for Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk Kent that heavy localized snow showers will persist through the remainder of Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night.

Drivers are advised that the wintry showers could be affecting their journeys as they travel this evening.


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Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before they set out, checking the forecast and road conditions, to leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Road users are advised to be prepared with warm clothing and an emergency pack, which includes food and water, boots, de-icer, a torch, and a shovel in case of snow.

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It can take ten times longer to stop when it is icy, so allow more room to slow down and stop. Avoid losing control of your vehicle because of wheel spin, by using the highest gear possible. Avoid sudden braking, acceleration and sharp turns.

The Highways Agency's winter fleet, will be out treating motorways and major 'A' roads. Drivers should take care around spreading vehicles and vehicles clearing snow and only overtake if they can do so safely, without driving on any un-cleared snow. These vehicles are performing essential work to help keep roads open and may be travelling at low speed.

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