Met Office have issued a weather warning for ‘dangerous’ snow and ice, due to hit parts of the country overnight on Monday 27 January.
This warning comes following a blast of cold air coming in from Canada over the Atlantic, bringing overnight temperatures that could drop as low as -10°.
Sleet and snow showers are forecast for Tuesday, with the cold blast continuing through Wednesday morning before subsiding in the evening.
Patchy rain is also possible, which could lead to black ice. Road conditions could become dangerous, so take precautions to make your commute safer.
Nottingham City Council have been contacted for a comment.
The AA have released a list of tips for driving safely on ice and snow covered roads.
- Stay home. Only go out if necessary. Even if you can drive well in bad weather, it’s better to avoid taking unnecessary risks by venturing out.
- Drive slowly. Always adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
- Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Apply the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry and take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
- Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
- Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
- Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads will just make your wheels spin.
- Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road.