Dyfed-Powys Police is warning the public and our communities that there is a high possibility of heavy snowfall on the way and reminding them to take sensible precautions.

The force has plans and procedures in place in order to ensure officers continue to protect residents, and 4×4 vehicles are being made available to areas expected to be worse hit by the weather, to enable officers to respond to emergency calls.

With the severe weather conditions forecast police are asking the public to use the 999 system responsibly and only in cases of real emergencies – and for all non-emergency matters call 101.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We are continuing to work hard with our partners to ensure that we can provide an effective service in response to incidents. We would also like to remind people of the need to take sensible precautions in heavy snow and not to place themselves at risk unnecessarily.

“We advise people to keep a close eye on the weather forecast for their area and consider whether it is appropriate to travel. We have measures in place to respond to emergencies and are working closely with our partner agencies to reach the people that need us most.”

Be prepared and stay safe in adverse weather conditions:

  • Please do not walk on frozen ponds or lakes, the water may not be frozen underneath the surface
  • If the roads are treacherous and have not been treated with salt please only drive if absolutely necessary and then drive slowly and carefully, allowing extra time for your journey. If you have to travel please take appropriate warm clothing, a hot drink, some food – and importantly a fully-charged mobile phone.
  • If you have to drive in snow or ice use your dipped headlights, try not to make harsh, jerky manoeuvres, keep in a high gear and don’t brake too fast. If you should need to abandon your vehicle make sure it does not block the carriageway for other road users.

For the latest forecast please visit www.metoffice.gov.uk

You can also follow the Dyfed-Powys Police Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates and advice, or for specific travel and traffic information visit www.traffic-wales.com

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