Road safety warnings issued as more snow falls overnight in Gloucestershire

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By Bodger21 | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 05:20

Highways teams were out gritting Gloucestershire's roads again last night as more heavy snow fell across the Forest of Dean, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cotswolds and Stroud Valleys.

Temperatures dropped to around -1C overnight, with forecasters predicting up to 10cm of snow in parts of the county such as the Forest of Dean.

Flurries across the county eased from midnight, but have continued into the early hours in the Forest.

Wednesday will remain freezing all day, with temperatures predicted to fall to -3C tonight.

Spokesman for the Met Office, Charlie Powell, said: "There is a 

cocktail on wintry weather still with us.

"There is an amber snow warning affecting the south part of Gloucestershire and a yellow warning elsewhere in the county.

"This means you can expect around two to five centimetres of snow overnight.

"I would expect that there would be further flurries tomorrow (Wednesday) as well in parts of the county.

"Generally speaking, the situation is improving, but drivers will face tough conditions again tomorrow and possibly throughout the week."

Last night the Highways Agency was warning drivers to take extra care on the roads.

Action plans with police and local authorities were activated for the A417 in the Cotswolds (at Crickley and Birdlip Hill), with extra resources, including heavy vehicle recovery teams, in place.

Even where snow has not fallen, there is a risk of rainwater turning to ice.

Gill Risdale, Highways Agency Operations Manager for 

the South West, said: "Our winter fleet works around the clock, and roads across the South West will continue to be treated whenever there is a risk of ice or snow.

"During severe winter weather drivers should check road conditions and the weather forecast before setting out, and if conditions are poor and journeys are not essential, they should think about delaying until conditions improve. 

"Drivers who do set out are advised to take extra care, to leave plenty of extra time for their journeys, and to leave enough distance between vehicles to stop safely. 

"While driving they should listen to travel bulletins on the radio and take a severe weather emergency kit, including warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade for snow."

* For the latest road and travel updates visit the Highways Agency website.

* For the latest weather updates log on to the Quedgeley People weather channel.

* For the latest news on school closures, parents are advised to visit Gloucestershire County Council's emergency school closure list.

 * For the latest winter weather advice visit the Gloucestershire County Council website.



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