Bad weather road safety warning to motorists as snow arrives in Scunthorpe area
Further snow is predicted for today.
There will be icy stretches on untreated surfaces, followed by snow spreading east this morning, perhaps becoming locally heavy.
This afternoon the snow will persist in many places.
Accumulations up to 10cm are generally expected, but possibly to 15cm over high ground.
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The maximum temperature today will be 2 °C.
There is heavy congestion at junction 3 of the M180 this morning.
North Lincolnshire Highways are warning drivers to give extra concentration, anticipation and the following techniques to negotiate winter hazards safely.
They say always carry extra clothing, boots, hat and a fluorescent/reflective waistcoat and torch, in case you get caught out.
Stopping distances can increase dramatically in winter.
Stay focused, look further ahead for potential hazards and ensure that you are far enough behind the vehicle in front to be able to stop comfortably if it brakes or loses control. Brake early.
In slippery conditions, consider setting off in second gear, and always drive in the highest gear possible.
Always aim to stay on snow-ploughed and gritted roads, and remember overtaking manoeuvres can be dangerous, and take more distance to complete in winter conditions.
Gritters are currently out retreating the region's roads.
A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "There is ice on the region's roads so drive carefully.
"Even when the roads have been gritted they can be dangerous.
"Drive carefully and leave a good stopping distance and take corners slowly."
Meanwhile new figures have been release showing over 3,000 vehicles a week will be involved in crashes during these conditions.
Snow and ice on the roads mean motorists are five times more likely to be involved in collisions, an analysis of accidents by Halfords Autocentres has revealed.
Thousands of pedestrians will also fall victim to the wintry weather and health authorities are bracing themselves for a spike in emergency admissions following slips on pavements, roads and driveways the big freeze takes hold.
The total cost to the nation as a result could exceed £50m a day, once time off work, extra welfare benefits and loss of income are taken into account.
When plunging temperatures hit the country two years ago more than three million motorists had accidents and 45% had two or more near misses.
Rory Carlin from Halfords Autocentres said: "You can't be too prepared when extreme winter weather hits. Last year's mild winter may have lulled people into a false sense of security but, as we have seen in recent months, the weather can be unpredictable.
"We want motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to stay safe, think ahead and take adequate precautions – for example motorists should ensure their cars are prepared for the snow and ice in order to give them the best possible chance of avoiding a mishap."
The most common vehicle accident in ice and snow, according to insurance statistics, is a tail end collision at traffic lights or roundabouts, and sliding on bends into oncoming traffic. The second highest claim is for prangs to parked cars.
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