Road users in the Midlands are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling tomorrow and over the weekend as heavy rain is expected to turn to snow – bringing blizzard conditions in some areas.
Difficult driving conditions are being forecast as snow falls during the early hours of Friday morning, then spreading towards Manchester and further north by rush hour.
The Highways Agency has a 500-strong fleet of salt spreaders and snow ploughs to keep the motorways and major A roads as clear as possible. The fleet has been in operation throughout the winter and has already clocked up around 2,500,000 miles treating the network.
EAST MIDLANDS REGION
- Derbyshire - North Derbyshire badly affected throughout the next few days
- Nottinghamshire Not really severe until late in the day
- Lincolnshire - No issue until Friday evening
- Leicestershire - Not really severe until late in the day
- Northamptonshire - Not really severe until late in the day
WEST MIDLANDS REGION
- Staffordshire - North Staffs throughout
- Shropshire - Northern area throughout
- West Midlands County - Likely before morning drive, particularly M5 side
- Worcestershire - Possible in the north
- Herefordshire - Rain with local flooding possible
- Warwickshire - Mainly North Warwickshire near the A42/M42