Leicestershire's road users urged to take care as severe weather conditions return
Road users across Leicestershire are being urged to take extra care as a severe weather conditions are set to hit the region.
The Highways Agency has warned of possible traffic disruption as widespread heavy rain, potential flooding and gusts of up to 60mph are expected from 2pm today and into tomorrow. It is estimated that 25mm to 50mm of rain will fall in some areas of the East Midlands over the next 24 hours.
A spokesperson from 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.
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“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."
Meanwhile, a flood alerts are in place for two rivers in Leicestershire. The Lower River Soar remains on flood alert. The flooding of low-lying land continues and Slash Lane at Sileby and the Mountsorrel to Sileby Road may be affected by flood water.
And the River Sence and tributaries from Billesdon to the River Soar at Glen Parva is also on flood alert.