'Only travel if necessary' - National Highways issues severe weather warning for the West Midlands amidst heavy snow forecast - The Evesham Observer

'Only travel if necessary' - National Highways issues severe weather warning for the West Midlands amidst heavy snow forecast

Evesham Editorial 8th Mar, 2023   0

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for the West Midlands from National Highways.

Snow is forecast to get heavier this afternoon and people are urged not to travel on the roads ‘unless it is absolutely necessary’.

National Highways says the predicted amounts of snow and ice between 3pm and midnight mean driving conditions will be extremely difficult, especially for larger vehicles and those not equipped with four wheel drive.

People are urged to consider if their journey is ‘essential’ and if they deem it is, they must go prepared.

HGV drivers are asked to consider avoiding parts of the road network with steeper than normal inclines such as the M40 junction 4-5 and the A49 in Shropshire. This could potentially lead to their vehicle becoming jack knifed or stranded in the wintry weather.




Where vehicles get stuck it can prevent gritting vehicles getting through to treat the road with salt or to plough snow clear from the road.

National Highways Executive Director of Operations, Duncan Smith, said:  “We are well prepared and our gritters have been out in full force since Friday and will continue to treat the roads.


“We are asking drivers to plan ahead, check the forecast and allow more time for their journeys.”

Drivers are advised to take extra care in these areas which are expected to be the most impacted by the severe weather:

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