Emergency services are issuing advice on careful driving due to snow and ice making for more dangerous driving conditions.
A major Shropshire road was closed after a fuel tanker jackknifed in snowy conditions in the early hours. The lorry was on the A41 just south of Tilstock Roundabout, Whitchurch, when it crashed, at around 2.20am on Wednesday.
It comes after forecasters issued a string of weather alerts for England with snowfall expected into this morning.
A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been extended by the Met Office. It covers the western half of Shropshire into tomorrow.
Shropshire Council said its teams of gritters were out across the county at 4am, and again at 7am treating priority routes in the north. From 10am they were out treating secondary routes, such as busy rural link roads, and are due out again at 4pm to deal with primary routes.
👷 It’s a busy day for our gritter drivers— Shropshire Council (@ShropCouncil) January 18, 2023
🚛 They were out across the county at 4am, and out again at 7am treating priority routes in the north
🕙 They’re treating secondary routes (ie. busy rural link roads) from 10am and primary routes at 4pm. See https://t.co/S9bodfAbq6 pic.twitter.com/8fQ2rNMSLb
Meanwhile six flood alerts were still in place for Shropshire on Wednesday, as rivers continue to fall.
Flood alerts, meaning flooding is possible, were in place for the Lower Teme, River Dee catchment in England from Whitchurch to Chester, River Severn in Shropshire, Severn Vyrnwy confluence and the Tern and Perry catchments.
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Some of us are waking up to snow & icy conditions this morning. If you’re heading out, drive safely:— West Midlands Ambulance Service #HelpUsHelpYou (@OFFICIALWMAS) January 18, 2023
❄️ Move off in 2nd gear to help reduce wheel slip
❄️ Slow down to allow more time to stop & steer
❄️ If you do skid, steer gently into it
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WARNING | Please take extra care whilst driving today as road conditions are treacherous and we are dealing with a number of collisions. Plan extra time into your journey and only drive if it is necessary. Thank you and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/TmD9vu1U0i— Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police (@DyfedPowys) January 18, 2023