Snow fall to give way for big freeze

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THE snow storms of the past two days are expected to give way to the big freeze in the run up to the weekend.

And motorists in Ryedale are being urged to take every precaution as road surface temperatures plummet to minus eight degrees tonight and will stay at around minus four and five on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Gritters with the county council’s highways department are working around the clock to ensure the district’s roads are fit for drivers with farming contractors also being deployed to add support.

The Met Office issued a Yellow Warning for severe weather yesterday.

A police spokesman said there had been no accidents reported to them by yesterday afternoon.

But they warned the cold snap is predicted to last well into next week and warned the public to be prepared and to respect the dangers that such conditions can bring.

Inspector Vicky Taylor, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, said: “If your route is affected by snow or ice, the first thing you need to consider is whether or not your journey is actually necessary. If it isn’t essential and alternative work or personal arrangements can be made, then don’t go – simple as that.”

If there is no option but to travel, the police advise taking more time, extra care and to adjust to the conditions through lowering speed, increasing breaking distances and making sure lights are on even during the day.

“It is also vital to ensure your vehicle is well maintained and prepared for the conditions,” added Inspector Taylor. “This includes filling the tank with fuel and stocking up on de-icer, windscreen wash and scrapers to make sure you can see the road from all angles. It is advisable to carry a torch, warm clothes or a blanket, boots, first aid kit, shovel and a tow rope. Also make sure you take food and drink with you, especially on longer journeys.”

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