We have all been warned to prepare for snow and strong winds, but now the Met Office has added the risk of ice into the equation alongside increasing the risk of disruption from snow.
A warning has been issued for widespread ice to potentially form at a rapid rate on untreated surfaces on the evening of Thursday January 12.
The updated weather warning says: "This is an update to slightly increase the risk of disruption from snow, as well as introduce ice as a hazard."
Temperatures are expected to plummet to 0°C in London on Thursday evening.
Chief meteorologist, Paul Gundersen, said the situation in the southern half of England is complicated.
“Southern counties of England and Wales can expect a cold and wet day with some heavy rain on Thursday, but there’s an increasing chance this will turn to sleet or snow, especially over hills, during the afternoon and evening," he said.
“There is a chance of snow settling bringing disruption to transport during the evening rush hour and possibly interruptions to power supplies, this more likely across East Anglia and southeast England.
"As skies clear on Thursday night it is likely to become icy in many areas."
Advice for motorists
The Met Office advise the following when driving in snowy or icy conditions:
- Only travel if necessary.
- Where possible, stick to the main roads, but take extra care if you must drive on minor roads.
- Avoid steep hills and exposed areas.
Ensure you clean your windscreen of ice or snow before setting off, and don't forget to remove snow from your car roof.
Specifically for when driving in snow:
- Accelerate gently, using low revs.
- You may need to leave 10 times the normal gap between your car and the one in front.
Avoid breaking suddenly as it may lock your wheels.
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