The Met Office have issued an Amber weather warning for this weekend with snow, high winds and sub zero temperatures bringing hazardous driving conditions to our region.
The Yellow warning in place for Friday evening will become Amber between 16:00 on Saturday 17 and 09:00 Sunday 18 March:
'Snow showers are expected to become more frequent through Saturday evening and night with icy patches also developing on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths. Strong easterly winds will lead to some temporary blizzard conditions and drifting of snow. Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers. Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely. There is a chance that some rural communities will be cut off. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are expected.'
Driving conditions could become very challenging across most of our region – especially over higher ground. Snow, gale force winds coming from the East and plummeting temperatures will make roads particularly hazardous. Travel with caution and avoid unnecessary journeys.
Advice from partner agencies as always is to drive to the conditions. Allow more time for your journey and ensure that you and your vehicle are prepared for the weather:
- Check fuel level and replenish if necessary
- Ensure engine oil, engine coolant and windscreen wash are at the correct levels
- Check all lights function correctly
- Check that all warning lights are operating correctly
- Check that tyres have adequate tread and pressure
- Ensure that the vehicle has de-icer a windscreen scraper
- Phones should be fully charged in the event of an emergency
With temperatures in some places at -10 deg C, please ensure that you have extra warm clothing in your vehicle – sweaters, coat, hat and suitable footwear.
Travelling outside of our area, even on motorways, could see similar problems to earlier in the month. Routes of particular concern are likely to be M62 in the Pennines and A66 across North Yorkshire. Any high ground may have increased snowfall and risk of drifting.
With the weather front coming from Siberia, the East coast of Yorkshire will bare the brunt of the high winds and some over-topping may occur in seaside towns. Waves may be spectacular against promenades and harbour walls, but this brings with it obvious dangers. Keep well clear of these areas, especially with children.
With temperatures dropping so low and pavements likely to be treacherous, please keep an eye out for vulnerable neighbours or relatives.