Newcastle Weather: Met Office issues ice warning as cold weather continues - National Highways travel advice

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A yellow ice warning has been put in place across Newcastle by the Met Office - here’s what it means

As we step into the New Year, a yellow ice warning has been issued across Newcastle by the Met Office. The warning means that ‘icy stretches’ are expected across the city and people should take extra care when out and about.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning until 11 am today (January 2). The Met Office website has issued advice on what to expect, and some tips on how to stay safe in bad weather.

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The national weather service warns that slips and falls are expected on icy surfaces, so make sure you take precautions if you’re heading outside. Icy patches are particularly likely on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The Met Office has issued guidance for people in Newcastle on how to winterproof their cars and how to travel safely in ice and snow. Here’s what they advise.

How to drive safely in bad weather according to National Highways

  • If snow is forecast, make sure you have warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and a spade, and let someone know when you expect to arrive and your route. 
  • Wait until the roads have been gritted before travelling.
  • Put grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to reduce the risk of slipping on compacted snow.
  • Check the Highway Code for advice on driving in ice and snowy weather.
  •  Take care around gritters and don’t be tempted to overtake.
  •  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.
The Met Office has issued a yellow ice warning across NewcastleThe Met Office has issued a yellow ice warning across Newcastle
The Met Office has issued a yellow ice warning across Newcastle
  •  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
  • Be aware of black ice. It isn’t always visible and so can be an even greater hazard for both motorists and pedestrians. 

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