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Council deploys gritters ahead of forecast of freezing rain

Date
Sat, 15 Dec 2018
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East Riding residents are being advised to take extra care when travelling this evening, with the Met Office forecasting wintry weather, particularly on higher ground.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s gritters will again be out from 4pm to treat the precautionary network and ensure the main roads are well gritted ahead of the predicted freezing rain.

An amber weather warning for ice has been issued that covers the west of the East Riding, advising that freezing rain could result in the development of widespread ice which could see travelling conditions become dangerous.

A yellow weather warning is in place for the rest of the East Riding, forecasting the potential for snow (on higher grounds), sleet and ice.

The East Riding is also experiencing strong winds.

Paul Tripp, the council’s head of streetscene services, said:“The council is continuing with winter maintenance operations and will do so throughout this period of inclement weather.

“We are monitoring conditions closely and carrying out work in accordance with our winter plan, with staff and equipment on standby to support our residents.

“Motorists are advised to plan their journeys in advance, allow extra time for travel and to drive to the conditions.”

In difficult conditions, plan your journeys:

- check weather forecasts and travel information

- do not drive unless you absolutely need to

- if possible, tell someone when you expect to arrive

- make sure you are equipped for your journey with warm clothing, food, a torch, a shovel, water, boots, a hazard warning triangle and a fully charged hands free mobile phone.

Driving on ice and slush:

- drive slowly using the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin

- manoeuvre gently, avoid sudden braking or acceleration

- when slowing down, get into a low gear as early as possible and allow your speed to reduce using the brake pedal gently

- leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front. Remember, in these conditions it can take 10 times longer to stop than on a dry road.

For further information about today’s forecast, weather warnings in place and general advice, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk