Met Office issues severe weather warning ahead of more snow

CAMBRIDGESHIRE residents are being urged to “be aware” that heavy snow is on its way once again.

Five days after the weekend’s snowfall, the Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow for the East of England, with a swathe of this county braced for bad weather.

The Met Office website warns: “An area of snow is expected to develop over parts of east and northeast England later on Thursday. This evening and tonight snow will then extend steadily southwestwards into central and some southwestern parts of England, as well as the east of Wales. Whilst there is uncertainty regarding where the heaviest and most persistent snow will fall, accumulations of 1 to 5 cm are likely with a risk of up to about 10 cm in the worst affected regions. These larger totals are more likely across the Midlands and perhaps southeast Wales. Later in the night the snow is expected to die out across northern, eastern and much of central England to be followed by widespread ice on untreated surfaces.”

Snow is already reported to be falling in parts of the district, including Sawtry and Somersham.

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Avoid travelling when snow is forecast but if you have an unavoidable journey to make, be prepared:

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• Take warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade with you.

• Let someone know when you expect to arrive and your route.

• Try to wait until the roads have been gritted before travelling.

• Slow down — it can take 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy conditions, so allow extra room.

• Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin.

• Manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking and acceleration; if you start to skid, gently ease off the accelerator and avoid braking. If braking is necessary, pump the brakes don’t slam them on.

• If you get stuck, stay with your car and tie something brightly coloured to your aerial.