Stay safe as icy conditions set to hit Cambridgeshire

Road users are being urged to take extra care on the county’s roads as a band of rain, sleet and snow looks set to hit Cambridgeshire late this afternoon (Thurs) with more expected in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Although weather conditions are now expected to be less severe than originally anticipated, drivers are being warned to take care and allow extra time for journeys, particularly during tomorrow’s rush hour, as a combination of weather conditions look set to cause potentially hazardous driving conditions with widespread ice.

The county’s gritters will be out preparing the roads but drivers have been warned to take extra care when travelling.

Group Commander Karl Bowden, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are urging people to allow extra time when travelling, particularly tomorrow morning, and to ensure all ice and any snow is cleared from cars before setting off. Even by late morning tomorrow, icy road conditions could remain where the sun has not managed to thaw the ice on the more remote, sheltered roads so leave extra distance too between yourself and the vehicle in front and reduce your speed.”

It is not just the roads that present a risk when temperatures drop. Pathways can be very slippery and health organisations in Cambridgeshire are also advising elderly residents to avoid venturing outside to prevent slips and falls.

Dr Alistair Lipp, medical director for NHS England Midlands and East (East) said: “Some health conditions can be exasperated by a drop in temperature too.  As the weather turns, don’t get caught out.  Be prepared.  And if you do start to feel unwell seek help early.  Talk to a pharmacist or call NHS111.  They can tell you know which service you may need.

“We’d also ask people to remember to look in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to check if they need anything.”

In addition to the cold weather warning, a flood alert has been issued for the River Nene in Fenland as a result of an expected tidal surge coinciding with high tide. With strong winds expected tomorrow, emergency services are warning people not to stand on bridges and river banks watching the river.