Video: Heavy snow hits Cookstown

Heavy snow in Cookstown
Heavy snow in Cookstown

Heavy snow has hit many parts of Mid Ulster on Tuesday evening including Cookstown, with more wintry showers forecast over the next 18 hours.

Police are warning motorists to drive with care in the current wintery conditions.

Police would always advise motorists of the following when driving in wintery conditions

Slow down and leave plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you

Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock, ease off the brakes

Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists and always clear all ice and snow off the car windows before setting out

Drive slowly on snow in the highest gear possible.

Never overtake snowploughs or gritting lorries. The drivers have limited visibility, and you’re likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind

Do not assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

Police would also advise for anyone unlucky enough to get stuck in snow:

Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way.

Use a light touch on the accelerator to ease your car out.

Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car.

Pour sand, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels – or even your foot mats - to help get traction.

If you must leave your car, arrange to have it recovered as soon as possible. If you think it is in a place that may pose a danger to other road users, call the police to let them know.