AMBER WARNING FOR ICE ISSUED AS SLUSH FREEZES ON THE ISLAND’S ROADS


A mix of rain, sleet and snow as well as plummeting temperatures will create hazardous driving conditions overnight and into Monday morning, leading to a rare amber weather warning for ice being issued.

IW Met Service has announced an amber weather warning for ice across the Isle of Wight between now and 11:00 tomorrow, alongside a secondary yellow weather warning.

Forecasters warn that the Shanklin to Ventnor route (A3055) that passes over Cowleaze Hill, along Bonchurch Road and the northern half of Leeson Road will be especially icy as snowfall melts and quickly freezes. This has led to the amber warning being raised for this South East corner of the the Island.

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A yellow weather warning for ice is also in place for the rest of the Isle of Wight with temperatures expected to hit -4c in places overnight.

Rural areas and untreated roads and surfaces will become very slippery as we move into the early hours and these conditions will persist until 2 or 3 hours after sunrise.

Black ice is a real risk and could cause problems for motorists. Roads known to be common problem areas include Bleak Down between Niton and Rookley; Smallbrook Lane in Ryde and Middle Road between Newport and Freshwater.

As previously reported by Island Echo, gritters were deployed at 19:00 this evening and will be back out again at 05:00 tomorrow morning to top up known wet spots.

Island Echo will be bringing you all the latest on road closures, incidents and warnings on Monday as Islanders begin the new working week.

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