National Highways has issued a severe weather alert for snow in parts of England for later today – asking people to reconsider journeys on parts of its road network.
The weather warning means driving conditions will be extremely difficult, especially for larger vehicles and those not equipped with four wheel drive between 3pm and midnight in the East of England.
National Highways is asking everyone travelling in these areas to consider if their journey is essential and to go prepared.
HGV drivers are asked to consider avoiding parts of the road network with steeper than normal inclines such as the M40 junction 4-5 and the A49 in Shropshire. This could potentially lead to their vehicle becoming jack knifed or stranded in the wintry weather.
Where vehicles get stuck it can prevent gritting vehicles getting through to treat the road with salt or to plough snow clear from the road.
National Highways Executive Director of Operations, Duncan Smith, said: ‘We are well prepared and our gritters have been out in full force since Friday and will continue to treat the roads. We are asking drivers to plan ahead, check the forecast and allow more time for their journeys.’
Drivers are advised to take extra care in these areas which are expected to be the most impacted by the severe weather:
- A34 Oxfordshire
- M40 High Wycombe
- M1/M25 Chilterns
- M1 J6a