DRIVERS in the West Midlands are being urged to take extra care in snow after National Highways issued a severe weather alert for the region.
An amber National Highways warning for snow will remain in place across the area until 6pm on Friday (January 7).
National Highways gritting teams will be working around the clock to treat roads and keep them free from disruption.
Combined with the risk of snow, high winds are expected to cause drifting snow and temporary blizzard conditions which will make for difficult driving.
National Highways Head of Road Safety Jeremy Phillips said: “Gritters are out treating our routes around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.
“If you need to travel, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal and the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.
“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.”
National Highways is strongly advising that travel in these areas is likely to be extended or even disrupted. Road users should pay attention to messages on the overhead electronic signs and listen for radio updates. Drivers are also advised to take extra care and avoid, if possible, these areas during the severe weather alert.
For updates, visit www.trafficengland.com, follow @highwaysnwest @highwaysneast @highwaysyorks or @highwaysmids on Twitter, or call the National Highways Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Visit www.metoffice.gov.uk for the latest weather forecast.