Drivers told to prepare for snow across Hull and East Yorkshire
MOTORISTS are being warned to take extra care as snow could fall just as commuters head home.
Wintry showers are expected to begin around lunchtime and are set to continue throughout the afternoon.
Up to 10cm could settle in some parts of the region with most areas set for 2cm to 3cm.
Andrew Noble, secretary for Hull and East Riding Institute of Advanced Motoring, has warned drivers to be extra careful if the snow does settle on the region's roads. He said: "There is every chance there could be snow.
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"The key is to make sure you give yourself plenty of time, you can't afford to rush anything.
"I suggest people use a higher gear to give more traction and also double the space between you and the car in front.
"If you do end up skidding then steer into it."
Mr Noble also said it is vital that vehicles are properly maintained.
He said: "People need to make sure their vehicle is mechanically sound and the tread and pressure is correct on their tyres.
"Drivers should also make the anti-freeze is topped up and maybe put some in the screen-wash too. You need to make sure the windscreens are clear before setting off.
"You should also have a warm blanket and a shovel in the vehicle."
In Hull, gritters will be out 24 hours a day to tackle icy roads.
Some key footpaths are also being spread with rock salt to protect pedestrians.
Councillor Martin Mancey, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: "When the adverse weather hits over the next couple of days, we have a committed and dedicated team that work 24/7 to ensure the main traffic routes, pedestrian and shopping areas are as clear and as safe as possible."
The East Riding is likely to be hit harder, with deeper snow expected on the Wolds.
Gritters have been out over the weekend preparing roads to cope with the onslaught.
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding Council, said: "The council will continue to treat the primary and secondary road networks, as required, and weather conditions will continue to be monitored around the clock."
Council gritters can be equipped with ploughs to tackle heavy drifts.
Parts of Scotland woke up to snow yesterday morning.
The wintry weather has been slowly spread south.
Cold weather is taking hold of all the UK, but southern England and Wales are likely to be spared snow.
The Met Office has a level two weather warning in place until Tuesday covering the whole of England, alerting residents to ice, snow and bitterly cold temperatures.
Sales of sledges and shovels have increased and the sales of cold-weather car products such as anti-freeze and ice scrapers are 25 per cent higher than last week.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: "We have a fleet of 500 winter vehicles on stand- by, supported by tried-and-tested winter resilience plans."