Highways England is urging drivers to check road conditions before setting out on journeys today (Friday), especially those travelling to and from the South West of England.
The severe weather is expected to have an impact across most of the country, but most significantly in the South West.
In line with the Met Office Red Alert, and for safety reasons, we are encouraging people in the South West not to travel between the hours of 8pm today (1 March) and 2am tomorrow (2 March). We are working hard around the clock to keep everyone safe on the network.
Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said:
“Gritters are out treating our routes around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.
“If you need to travel, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.
“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.”
Highways England has issued its own amber alert for roads in the South West, North East, West Midlands, South East, East and drivers should take extra care when travelling in these regions as frequent snow showers are forecast.
Nicola Maxey from the Met Office said:
“It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the latest Met Office forecast and warnings for your area to ensure you’re up to date with the latest situation.
“You can do this by checking the Met Office website for the daily forecast or our warnings page, or you could download our weather app which will ensure you can keep up to date while you are out and about. With the latest weather information for your area, you will be able to prepare for what is in store and plan your activities accordingly.”
Highways England is advising drivers to pay attention to messages on the overhead electronic signs and listen for radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by following Highways’ England’s regional Twitter feeds at @HighwaysNEAST, @HighwaysYORKS, @HighwaysEMIDS, @HighwaysWMIDS, @HighwaysEAST and @HighwaysSEAST.