Grampian Yellow warning of snow, areas affected: Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar, SW Scotland, Lothian Borders, Strathclyde.
Grampian Yellow warning will Starts: 03:00 GMT on Fri 4 December
Grampian Yellow warning will Ends: 12:00 GMT on Fri 4 December
Snow is likely to bring a brief period of travel disruption to parts of Scotland on Friday morning. – There is a chance of travel delays on higher routes with some stranded vehicles and passengers. – Increased chance of traffic collisions due to difficult driving conditions.
Snow Driving Advice in Grampian Yellow warning.
Accelerate gently, low revs & high gears. Sometimes moving off in 2nd gear can reduce wheel slip.
Keep well back from the vehicle in front; stopping distances can be 10x greater than on dry roads.
Uphill in snow:
Wait until clear to drive, no stopping on slope, keep constant speed & gear to avoid shifting on the hill.
Downhill in snow in Grampian Yellow warning:
Reduce speed before the slope, use low gear & avoid the brakes
Clear the snow and ice early in the day
It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight.
Clear and prevent slips
- Pay extra attention to clearing snow and ice from steps and steep pathways – you might need to use more salt on these areas
- Use salt or sand – not water. If you use water to melt the snow, it may refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of injuries as it is invisible and very slippery
- You can melt snow or prevent black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt – a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. Don’t use the salt found in salting bins – this will be needed to keep the roads clear unless your council advises otherwise. Please contact your local council for more advice.
- Be careful not to spread salt on plants or grass as it may damage them
- If you don’t have enough salt, you can also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as effectively as salt, but will provide good grip underfoot
Take care where you move the snow
When you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow from the centre of the path to the sides.
Offer to clear your neighbour’s paths
If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, try contacting their relatives or friends, or if necessary the local council.