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Mixed wintry weather set to continue

The forecast for the rest of the week highlights the wide range of different types of weather we can experience in the UK throughout the winter period. Over the course of just four days the UK will see temperatures dropping below average (but just for 48 hours!), snow and ice (mostly confined to Scotland, Northern England and high ground) and then a return to milder but more unsettled weather on Friday. That will bring more rain and strong winds.

Each of these weather types brings with them their own Severe Weather Warnings and this variability underlines the need for the public to be as informed and prepared as possible.

Yellow weather warnings

The below videos explain what a yellow severe weather warning for each weather type and what to do when one is issued.

Rain

Ice

Snow

Travel safely

If you are planning to tavel over the next few days below are some tips from the  Highways agency on how to travel safely in different winter weather conditions..

Driving in rain and floods

  • When the road is wet it can take twice as long to stop. Slow down and main­tain a safe dis­tance from the vehi­cle in front.
  • If your vehi­cle loses grip, or "aqua­planes", on sur­face water take your foot off the accel­er­a­tor to slow down. Do not brake or steer sud­denly because you have less con­trol of the steer­ing and brakes.
  • Try to avoid dri­ving through sur­face water as you might flood your engine.
  • If you have to drive through floods, drive slowly, use a low gear and try to keep the engine revving at a high rate. Move for­ward con­tin­u­ously to avoid stalling the engine. When dri­ving an auto­matic vehi­cle, engage and hold in a low gear.
  • Test your brakes after dri­ving through water; they may be ineffective.

Driving through ice and snow

  • Clear any snow off the roof of the vehicle before you drive away.
  • Watch out for icy con­di­tions - look for clues such as ice on the pave­ment or on your wind­screen before you start your jour­ney and take extra care.
  • Try not to brake sud­denly - it may lock up your wheels and you could skid further.
  • Leave extra space between you and other vehi­cles. Take even more care look­ing out for oth­ers that may not be able to stop and be extra cau­tious at road junc­tions where road mark­ings may not be visible
  • Look out for win­ter ser­vice vehi­cles spread­ing salt or using snow ploughs. They have flash­ing amber bea­cons and travel at slower speeds - around 40mph. Stay well back because salt or spray can be thrown across the road. Do not over­take unless it is safe to do so - there may be un-cleared snow on the road ahead.

Snow code

Some areas of the UK may experience some snow showers over the next few days. The Snow Code gives advice on clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls.

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