For much of the United Kingdom, winter is just getting underway. It looks like it might be a long winter for some places. Take Scotland, for example; wintry weather disrupted travel and caused a lot of chaos on Dec. 8. This may just be the start of things to come. One thing is for sure, the Met Office believes it’s going to be a long winter for the UK.
The biggest problem caused by the wintry weather is, of course, traffic accidents. Police say that they have been dealing with several separate road accidents in parts of Scotland. These accidents were caused by the icy conditions brought on by the sudden snowstorm. This snowstorm has worked its way down to Cumbria and even into pats of Derbyshire. It is likely that it will cause even more problems for other areas as it continues to move to other areas.
Right now, police are simply warning drivers to take it easy. All travellers need to allow themselves extra time when traveling. Drivers need to be careful for snow and ice. A lot of times, ice will form under the snow as cars drive over the top, packing the snow down. As the snow refreezes, it becomes ice.
According to the Met Office, there won’t be much of the country that will be saved from the snowstorm. By this morning, Dec. 9, most of the country was expected to be hit in one way or another by the weather. Many of the country’s emergency services have been doing their best to deal with the multiple crashes that have been reported in Dumfries and Galloway.
Police cannot say how important it is for drivers to take their time and drive safely. Despite the fact that this snowstorm has just started, there has already been one fatal accident on the A76. There are likely to be more accidents going forward. Police say that people who don’t have to travel should stay off the roads. This will cause less traffic and hopefully lead to fewer crashes.
As the winter season continues, the UK is likely to be hit with more snowstorms. Local governments are stocking up on salt and other products that can be used on the roads to keep things running. However, there is only so much the government can do. It is recommended that people keep canned food on hand in the event that they are unable to travel or get to the store during certain times this winter.