Severe weather alert for the Midlands

The bad weather seen earlier in the year could be back
The bad weather seen earlier in the year could be back

As the Met Office issues a severe weather alert for the Midlands, the Highways Agency is advising road users to drive with extra care and to be aware of possible traffic disruption.

Widespread heavy rain, potential flooding and gusts of up to 60mph are expected from 2pm today (Tuesday) and into tomorrow (Wednesday).

It is estimated that 25 to 50mm of rain will fall over the next 24 hours.

Areas predicted to be the most seriously affected are Shropshire, Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands and Derbyshire in the East Midlands.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check the weather and traffic conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

“There are times during sudden and torrential downpours when standing water can collect on carriageways and residual water can result in very thick spray.

“Drivers should slow down in wet conditions and take extra care.

“Driving too quickly through water can cause aquaplaning and loss of control of your vehicle which can lead to accidents.”

Highways Agency traffic officers will be monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to quickly respond to incidents, while staff in the East and West Midlands regional control centres will be monitoring CCTV cameras, answering emergency telephone calls and setting advisory signs for drivers to warn of spray and other road conditions.

The Highways Agency offers a number of services to help people make decisions about their journeys.

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Agency website at www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​t​r​a​f​fic or by calling 0300 1235000.

For information on weather conditions visit www​.metoffice​.gov​.uk.