Drivers in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber are being advised by the Highways Agency to check weather and traffic conditions before setting out on journeys overnight with a forecast of snow in some areas.
The Highways Agency, which operates motorways and key trunk roads in the region, is being advised by the Met Office that up to two inches of snow could fall overnight and throughout tomorrow morning north of Newcastle in Northumberland – potentially affecting the A1.
Eastern parts of North Yorkshire could be similarly affected with a possible impact on the A64 and A19.
Chris Holehouse, Highways Agency Asset Delivery Manager for the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber, said:
“We are not anticipating any particular problems and will be monitoring and using salt to treat the network as we do routinely at this time of the year. However, snow showers can be highly localised and hard to predict so drivers have a key role to play in checking weather reports and planning for their journeys before leaving home.”
Highways Agency traffic officers at the North East regional control centre at Calder Park near Wakefield will be monitoring the motorway network and where possible setting signs giving advice to drivers.
On-road traffic officers will be on standby to respond quickly to any incidents with the Highways Agency’s contractors and vehicle removal service also on alert.
Drivers should check their local media for updated weather and travel advice before setting out on journeys. If they are travelling they should keep up to date with weather and travel advice, heed warnings and electronic message signs and drive to conditions – leaving extra time for journeys and extra room for braking and avoiding sudden manoeuvres such as braking or changing lanes suddenly.
Information about a winter driving kit and other advice to help motorists be prepared for winter is on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/winter
Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line at 0300 123 5000.