A number of roads in Gloucestershire have been closed due to heavy snow and police are urging drivers to not make unnecessary journeys.

The current closures in place are:

  • A419 Cowcombe Hill
  • A419 Little Witcombe (Birdlip)
  • A48 Arlington
  • A435 Cirencester to Cheltenham
  • A435 Charlton Kings to Severn Springs

There are also hazardous conditions on some roads and drivers are advised to avoid these areas:

  • A4151 Littledean Cinderford
  • A429 Fossebridge
  • A436 Birdlip to Severn Springs
  • A417 Birdlip Hill Traffic

Information can also be found on the Highways Agency website: www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information

Gloucestershire Constabulary are urging people to consider whether their journey is really necessary and, if you must travel, asking them to follow these simple tips.

Check that your car is up to the journey, tyres are correctly inflated and in good condition, and that your lights are clean and working properly.

Ensure anti-freeze has been added to the radiator & that screen wash is of sufficient concentration.

Tell a friend or relative where you are going.

Take a spade, flask of hot drink, torch, mobile phone (fully charged or with charger), blanket and appropriate outdoor clothing.

Slow down on icy or snowy roads and leave a greater distance between you and the car in front.

Check your route with such organisations as RAC Travel and AA Road-watch, and tune into local radio before you set out.

If you get stuck in an isolated area, stay with your vehicle and remember that the engine should not be left running in deep snow, as there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Use your mobile phone if you need to access the emergency services for help.