Treacherous road conditions thanks to snow and ice are already causing chaos for drivers across parts of England and Wales this morning, (Friday 18 January) with further heavy snow forecast for the next three days, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned its members to watch the weather and plan journeys accordingly.
The predicted heavy snow fall is causing chaos today on roads across Britain, and the Met Office has put a ‘red weather warning’ for further snow in place. The unusual weather warning which is currently valid until 21:00 GMT today means all non-essential travel should be avoided. There is also an amber warning for Northern Ireland and most of England, with snow also due in parts of Scotland.
Forecast snow has already taken its toll this morning, with many roads across the South West and Wales, including both the M4 in Wales and A35 in Dorset being closed after lorries jack-knifed on the routes, and with more snow is on the way throughout the weekend, FTA are working with its members to help keep them moving, safe and informed of further weather developments.
FTA’s own traffic service is once again providing vital amber and red alerts for winter weather, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The FTA website contains advice for both managers and drivers on dealing with poor weather conditions, which can be found at www.fta.co.uk in the roads section.
Malcolm Bingham, FTA Head of Road Network Management Policy said: "Working with the Met office and the Highways Agency FTA’s traffic service has been warning our members of the approaching snow. This morning has seen a number of lorry related snow incidents in the South West and South Wales and all motorists need to be aware of the developing snow falls as this weather system passes over the country."