Storm Darcy: Amber Warning of snow and ice tonight
The Met Office issued an Amber Warning for snow and ice from 04.00 Sunday 7th February. Currently, the Met Office forecast for Wye shows the overnight rain turning to snow from around 02.00 onwards. There is an increasing risk that heavy snow and ice will affect east Kent and the coastal parts of East Anglia, with up to a foot of snow looking set to arrive on strong easterly winds gusting up to 40mph. For east Kent this wind direction typically means severe wind chill, blizzard conditions and deep snow. If so, this snow is likely to drift and block roads, particularly on high ground, and fill the holloways characteristic of the North Downs.
Snow and ice is expected to bring widespread travel disruption across the South East. Southeastern 'strongly advises passengers not to travel by train' and only plans to run an hourly service on Sunday. Driving conditions will be hazardous, especially when air temperatures fall below freezing. KCC advises that if you have to make an essential journey by road please check KCC's gritting routes first, and find up-to-date traffic information and CCTV images at kenttraffic.info
The timing of when the overnight rain will turn to snow is uncertain. This means that the @GrittingKent plan to grit the county's main roads tonight could be ineffective in places where the salt has washed away before the snow starts to fall. For pavements the Department of Transport's Snow Code provides practical advice for households. The Code encourages people to clear fresh snow from pavements early in the day, and while it is loose and fresh.
KCC's snow clearance operation uses snow ploughs fitted to gritters. KCC aims to 'concentrate on primary routes that provide access to hospitals, fire stations and other important facilities while it's snowing or if there are strong winds causing drifting. Once the main roads are clear, we will work on other roads.' KCC explains that 'we don't grit on top of snow. Snow has to be ploughed, because grit will not melt it.'
Posted: Sat, 06 Feb 2021 23:15 by Admin