Motorists urged to continue to drive more slowly as snow finally begins to melt
PUBLISHED: 18:19 03 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:19 03 March 2018
Copyright: Archant 2018
Drivers have been warned to continue to take care on the region's roads, despite the fact snow is finally beginning to melt after a week of wintry weather.
Motorists have had to contend with treacherous conditions all week as heavy snowfall has turned to ice, causing many drivers to crash and slide off the road.
Clear tracks are now beginning to emerge as temperatures rise and snow turns to slush.
But Highways England has warned that temperatures are set to remain just above freezing overnight and into Sunday morning, there is still potential for danger.
Highways England’s head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said: “Even though the weather is improving, we’re working around the clock to keep our motorways and major A-roads open following the heavy snowfall over the past week.
“Although the risk of further snow has largely passed, we will be working continuously to treat our roads and keep them free from disruption.
“We are encouraging road users to take extra care when driving.
“Plan your journey carefully, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel and before you set off, make sure vehicle is ready for your journey and is clear of snow.
“Anyone thinking of using the roads should be advised to keep their distance and reduce speed, because even in conditions that seem normal, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh grit has not been worked into the carriageway.”
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