Police warning to drivers as region prepares for freezing temperatures and snow

PUBLISHED: 16:26 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:42 16 March 2018

Snow on Denmark road, Beccles.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow on Denmark road, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Police have urged drivers to take care on the roads as the region prepares for another spell of freezing temperatures and snowfall.

It comes after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice from Friday evening until midnight on Sunday, March 18.

Chief inspector Sonia Humphreys, from Norfolk police’s contact and control room, said: “The primary advice to drivers is to drive to the conditions of the road and if you are travelling, to prepare for your journey.

“We are expecting snow showers to fall into the early hours of Saturday morning so many residents could wake up to snow and ice, particularly in our rural locations.

“This combined with strong winds could make driving conditions very dangerous. I would urge drivers, particularly those of HGVs, to travel with extreme care – we want everyone to arrive at their destination safely.”

Police have advised drivers to:

• Always ensure all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey - it is illegal to drive with obscured vision.

• Ensure that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures.

• Clear snow from the top of the car as this can fall down and obscure your windscreen while you are driving.

• Keep windscreen washer fluid topped up as windscreens quickly become dirty from traffic spray and salt from the roads.

• If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease. Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.

• Allow extra time for your journeys.

• Reduce speed gradually – sharp braking in freezing conditions can result in a skid.

• Increase distance between you and the vehicle in front.

• Make sure you have sufficient fuel.

• Make sure you have plenty of layers and blankets.

• Take a fully charged mobile phone with you.

• Take provisions with you for long periods of time in your car.

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She said members of the public should report highway matters to 0344 800 820.

Non-urgent matters can also be reported online by clicking here.

In an emergency, always dial 999.

Members of the public should follow @norfolkpolice on Twitter.

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