Met Office issue a number of amber and yellow weather warnings across Yorkshire

Yorkshire is in for more snow this week after the Met Office has issued a number of amber and yellow weather warnings across the region.

By Immy Share
Monday, 8th February 2021, 10:22 am
Snow has fallen in Glaisdale on the North York Moors
Snow has fallen in Glaisdale on the North York Moors

The snow has started to settle in different parts of Yorkshire already this morning (Monday), including in Filey and across the North York Moors.

It is forecast to get heavier and settle more throughout the day as temperatures are set to plummet below freezing.

The Met Office has issued a number of weather warnings for snow across the region.

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It has also said that roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, train and bus services.

There is a small chance of longer travel delays in place with some stranded vehicles and passengers.

The Met Office also warned that there could be some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces, with icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

There is a small chance that power cuts will occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected.

Where are there weather warnings in place in Yorkshire?

Amber warning for snow:

- Sheffield

- Doncaster

- Scunthorpe

Yellow warning for snow:

- Leeds

- Bradford

- York

- Grimsby

- Scarborough

- Bridlington

- Northallerton

What is the Met Office forecast for Yorkshire and the Humber?

Monday: Wintry showers throughout today, these giving snow accumulations to all levels. Feeling very cold in the strong northeasterly winds. Temperatures will struggle to reach above freezing. Maximum temperature 2 °C.

Monday night: Further snow showers will move west across the region on a moderate easterly breeze, with accumulations to all levels. Feeling very cold overnight with a hard frost and icy conditions. Minimum temperature -5 °C.

Tuesday: Wintry showers continuing but becoming fewer. Icy stretches remain likely with bitterly cold fresh easterly winds. Some winter sunshine between showers. Another hard overnight frost. Maximum temperature 2 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday: Wintry showers initially on Wednesday, becoming light then clearing later. Drier and bright on Thursday, with a risk of snow again Friday. Bitterly cold with hard frosts and icy stretches.

How to drive safely in snow

- Slow down

Snow, ice and water on the road reduce grip and, coupled with poor visibility in bad weather, they mean it’s essential that you cut your speed.

Stopping distances can be 10 times greater in snow and ice so slowing down gives you more time to react to other traffic or hazards on the road ahead.

However, be careful that you don’t drive so slowly that you risk losing momentum. On snow-covered roads and especially on hills this could see you stuck and struggling to get moving again.

- Keep it smooth

As well as keeping your speed down you need to keep your inputs smooth. Sharp acceleration, braking or steering are more likely to cause your car to lose grip, leaving you with no control.

Where you can, try to use engine braking to slow down, that way you’re less likely to skid.

- Leave more space

With stopping distances seriously increased by slippy conditions it’s vital you leave more space between your car and the vehicle in front.

It’s also important to try and anticipate what other drivers are doing - being properly aware could save you from a crash or being stranded as others grind to a halt. It also means you're less likely to have to brake or steer suddenly.

- Use a high gear

If your car is struggling to find grip, especially when pulling away, trying selecting a higher gear. This should reduce the amount of wheelspin and help you get moving.

- Stay seen

With shorter days and the prospect of rain, fog or snow making visibility worse, it's important to make sure you can see and be seen. Check all your lights work and are clear of snow or ice before setting off.

Don't wait until it's pitch black to use your headlights and don't just rely on running lights when conditions deteriorate. If it's snowing heavily, dipped beams may actually work better than full beams.