Met Office Weather Warning For County And Ashby Area

By Graham Hill

14th Jan 2020 | Local News

The Met Office has issued a warning for the Leicestershire area which includes Ashby.

It says strong winds will develop on Tuesday which may bring some disruption.

You can expect some delays to road, rail and air transport with some bus services also affected - journeys will take longer.

Expect delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges.

Some short term loss of power and other services is also possible.

The Met Office has also issued the following guidelines for driving in stormy weather.

  • Even moderate rain can reduce your ability to see and be seen. A good rule of thumb is 'if it's time for your wipers, it's time to slow down'.
  • If heavy downpours are expected, avoid starting your journey until it clears.
  • If you can, choose main roads, where you are less likely to be exposed to fallen branches and debris and flooding.
  • Use dipped headlights if visibility is seriously reduced.

  • Gusts of wind can unsettle vehicles – grip your steering wheel firmly with both hands. This is particularly important when planning to overtake.

  • Keep an eye out for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges over a river or railway – these are some of the places you are more likely to be exposed to side winds. Ensure that you maintain enough room either side of your vehicle so you can account for it being blown sideways.

  • Roads will be more slippery than usual in wet weather – be sure to give yourself more time to react when approaching a hazard. Increase your following gap to at least four seconds from the moving traffic in front.

•Keep your eyes peeled on the road at all times as spray from other vehicles can suddenly reduce your visibility. Remember it affects others too, so anticipate their actions and be prepared.

     

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