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Warning of icy and dangerous conditions on roads in Gloucestershire

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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DRIVERS are being warned about dangerous conditions over the next 24 hours as wet roads threaten to freeze overnight.

The mild winter is likely to take a turn for the worse as temperatures fall below freezing tonight and into tomorrow creating icy conditions for motorists.

Work due to get under way at two key town centre locations in Stroud has been shelved due to more heavy rain.

A planned road closure in Merrywalks last night was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice from around 9pm tonight, continuing into the early hours.

Commuters driving into work tomorrow could be worst hit.

And councils could be left to foot the bill as water-filled potholes freeze, potentially causing further damage to already pockmarked road surfaces.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire County Council said there were no plans to grit any of the county’s roads in central areas of Gloucester, Stroud or Cheltenham, although this could change as the situation is reviewed every 12 hours.

This morning would be mostly dry, the Met Office said, before showers return this afternoon. Some are likely to be heavy.

A fall in temperatures is being led by an easterly wind, a switch from the south westerlies which have brought in much of the rain from the Atlantic in recent weeks and kept temperatures unseasonably mild at around 8C to 10C.

Although it will be around 5C for much of the day, a windchill will make it feel considerable colder.

A widespread frost is expected across Gloucestershire tonight as temperatures are expected to dip below zero to -2C.

Ian Thomas, the Gloucester Citizen’s weather expert said: “It will be a cold snap but a very short one. If you blink you may miss it.

“It looks as though tomorrow night could be the coldest night we have had since November when it fell to -4C. That shows you just how mild the winter has been, so far.

“There may be a few wintry flurries over higher ground tomorrow but nothing to worry about. Overnight we will see a sharp frost.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for more heavy rain in Gloucester on Friday.

A spokesman for the AA said: “Breakdowns are more common at this time of year. We have extra patrols on call as the number of breakdowns nearly doubles during particularly cold spells – and road conditions can be challenging.”

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