Yorkshire motorists urged to take care as snow is forecasted

Motorists are being urged to take extra care on motorways and major roads tomorrow as temperatures are expected to plummet.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 3:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 4:51 pm

Highways England has issued an Amber ‘be aware’ alert for snow lasting from 6am until 1pm tomorrow across Yorkshire.

The organisation is warning drivers that higher sections of the M6 and trans-Pennine routes are most at risk, including parts of the A69, A66, M62 and A628.

Phil Stockford, emergency planning manager for Highways England, said: “We issue severe weather alerts when there is a significant risk to vehicles using motorways and major A roads. The amber status means drivers should be prepared before setting out on journeys.

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“We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys. We will have extra traffic officers and recovery vehicles to help respond to any incidents.”

It comes after forecasters at the Met Office issued a severe weather alert for snow, sleet and ice across the region for tomorrow.

Commuters in particular are being warned to take extra care through tomorrow morning’s peak travel periods and to check conditions before setting out on journeys.

Around 5-8 cm of snow is expected over the A628 and M62 trans-Pennine routes.

Snow showers can cause poor visibility, difficult driving conditions and traction issues for some vehicles.

Motorists are being advised to follow messages on the overhead signs and follow radio updates.