Police issue warning to drivers as snow falls in East Sussex

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As the snow returns to East Sussex today, police are warning drivers to be careful after a number of crashes caused by the wintry conditions.

Snow is expected to fall for the rest of today (Monday March 11) and into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Arctic weather returns to Sussex

Arctic weather returns to Sussex

The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for snow today and tomorrow until 9am, predicting between 2cm and 5cm could fall.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “There’s not a great deal of snow falling at the moment, but the temperature is hovering at or just below freezing and the roads are slippery in places. Some drivers are just not making allowances for the conditions.

“In icy conditions it will take a lot longer to bring your vehicle to a stop.

“Allow greater stopping distances between you and the vehicle in front - at least ten times the normal distance - and keep your speed appropriate to the conditions.

“Keep your driving smooth, avoid sudden turning, braking or acceleration.

“Areas under trees, in shadow and on bridges tend to remain colder for longer so beware that there may still be ice patches even if the rest of the road is clear.

“Before setting off drivers should make sure that mirrors and all windows and lights are clear from ice, frost or condensation.

“On cold mornings it is all too easy to jump in your car and drive off, but it is important that you have a good view of the road all around you from the start.

“Spring may be just around the corner, but while it may be warm and cosy inside your car, it’s cold, icy and potentially very hazardous outside it. Please think.”

The snow will be accompanied by strong northeasterly winds, making it feel very cold and causing any lying snow to drift.

The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel.

Temperatures today will stay at around -1C, although with the wind chill factor it could feel more like -9C.

On Tuesday the cold conditions look set to continue, with the mercury staying between -2C and 1C.