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Wild Winter Weather Tips

January 12th 2017

Wild weather ahead!

The Met Office have issued further warnings for wild weather hitting many parts of the UK this week and continuing over the weekend.

Thundersnow - also known as a thunder snowstorm - is a type of storm with snow falling instead of rain. It happens during a snowstorm and is caused when the atmosphere is unstable, when a layer of air closest to the ground is cold enough to create snow, but still warmer than the air above it.

With snow expected to fall across most of the country, even in London, it’s a great time to revisit some winter tips and precautions that can keep you, your family and your community safe during the turbulent winter months.

Stay alert and share

  • Keep family and neighbours informed of road closures, fallen trees, power outages or icy roads by posting public events in Trygve
  • Keep an eye on the latest weather reports for your area, which can be found on The Met Office website
  • Is a storm coming? Post a public event in Trygve to make sure your neighbours are aware and can prepare.

Driving in the snow or ice

Before you drive

  • Only drive in icy conditions if you absolutely have to - otherwise avoid driving.
  • Consider the route you plan to take and make sure you're sticking to as many major roads as possible.
  • Check your tyres. Make sure they have at least 3mm of tread on them.
  • Clear all snow and ice from your windscreen and all windows so your vision isn't impaired. Don't use hot water as this can morph or crack the glass. While you're at it, make sure your windscreen wipers aren't frozen to the windscreen as they can snap off when you turn them on.
  • Pack the essentials to leave in the car. These should include food and water, warm clothing or a blanket, a torch, jump leads, a shovel, an ice scraper or de icing fluid and some grit, sand or cat litter.

Whilst driving

  • Ensure you use your dipped beam headlamps to even when it’s not snowing. If snow does start to fall, turn your headlights on.
  • Did you know it can take as much as ten times as long to stop on an icy road than on a dry one? Stay around 20 seconds behind the car in front of you on icy roads.
  • Keep your volume low. Your ears can be your first warning that you’ve hit a slippery patch. Driving through snow patches will sound more crunchy, but if the tyre noise suddenly goes quiet, that can mean you’re driving on a patch of ice.
  • If you start to skid, take you foot off the accelerator and allow the speed to slow naturally. Avoid using the brakes. If the car starts to spin while you are skidding, steer into the direction of the spin and allow the car to straighten up.

Tips for the home

  • Loose garden furniture or decorations can become missiles in blustering winds. Bring in your garden decorations and tie down furniture.
  • Check your roof for loose tiles and slates prior to windy weather.
  • Ensure exposed pipes are properly insulated to reduce risk of freezing.

Stay safe and warm, folks! And keep taking care of each other.

-- Team Trygve

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