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Snow warning to motorists

The Highways Agency has issued a warning to motorists over coming cold weather. With snow predicted from today through to Friday across parts of the country, people were advised to plan ahead.

An agency spokeswoman said: "The Highways Agency is advising drivers to check weather forecasts and road conditions, prepare for their journey and delay travelling if the weather becomes severe.

"Drivers are advised to carry warm clothing and an emergency pack in the car, which includes food and water, boots, de-icer, a torch and a spade.

"Plan your journey before leaving home and make sure you have plenty of fuel for your journey. Check your route for delays, and the weather forecast."

The spokeswoman added: "Our winter fleet will be out treating our network of motorways and all major A roads. Take care around spreading vehicles and vehicles clearing snow and only overtake if you can do so safely, without driving on any uncleared snow. These vehicles are performing essential work to help keep roads open and may be travelling at low speed."

Motorists were advised to listen to travel news on their car radios or tune into the Agency's Traffic Radio.