Weather warning for drivers as snow hits region

The council's winter team will be working around the clock over the next few days.
The council's winter team will be working around the clock over the next few days.

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads as heavy snow hits the East Riding.

Significant snowfall has fallen in the region and may cause disruption to traffic, especially during the morning rush hours.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is advising motorists to check the weather forecast and drive to the weather conditions.

The council’s winter team will be working around the clock over the next few days to make the area’s roads as clear and safe as possible.

The fleet of 21 gritting lorries have already been out over the weekend and last night spreading rock salt on the precautionary network – 800 miles of the area’s main roads.

Gritters will be out on the roads again during today salting the secondary network – a further 300 miles of road – and staff will also be salting footpaths in the busiest areas.

Spreading salt before the snowfall makes it less likely for the snow to stick to the road surface, and make it easier to plough.

Mike Featherby, the council’s head of streetscene services, said: “Our winter team will continue to monitor weather conditions and will deploy our gritting lorries to treat where necessary.

“We would advise drivers to take extra care, plan their journey in advance and allow extra time for travel.”

Freezing temperatures will continue through the week and residents are being encouraged to be good neighbours and check on anyone nearby who is elderly or vulnerable.