BREAKING NEWS: Warning to take extra care in heavy snowfall

Gritters have again treated the East Riding’s precautionary highway networks, with forecasts indicating heavy snowfall for the area from 3pm this afternoon (Monday January 14).

The council is advising residents, motorists and the travelling public to take extra care, amid reports that around 10cm of snow is likely to fall across the East Riding.

The council is continuously monitoring weather conditions and has staff and equipment on standby at its depots. The authority’s 17-strong gritting fleet will be sent out again this evening to treat the precautionary road networks.

With snow likely to cause poor visibility during the evening commute, the council is advising motorists to take extra care and allow additional time to complete any journeys.

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We urge all residents to stay safe during this spell of severe winter weather and advise that motorists drive to conditions, allow extra time for their journeys and travel on the main treated network wherever possible.

“One of the common denominators of both flooding, experienced in recent weeks, and the cold weather forecast is how it can make driving conditions difficult and heavy snowfall could cause hazardous conditions in terms of visibility.

“The council is continuing to carry out winter maintenance operations in accordance with its winter plan and would like to assure the public that its salt barns are fully stocked and the area’s salt bins have been replenished.

“The council will continue to monitor conditions around the clock and respond as necessary.”

For further information about severe weather, visit the severe weather advice and guidance page on the council’s website or follow @ER_roads (external website) on Twitter.