Met Office issues weather alert for fog in Northamptonshire

Drivers warned to expect delays and disruption on Friday morning

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 8:56 pm

Travellers have been warned to watch out for fog disrupting journeys throughout Northamptonshire on Thursday night and Friday morning.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning covering the county and most of Central England from 8pm tonight (Thursday) through to noon on Friday.

Some of the fog could be freezing as temperatures struggle to get much above zero, especially in rural areas.

Northamptonshire's roads could see the first major fog of winter on Friday morning

Northamptonshire Highways gritting team will also be hitting the roads overnight.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Fog and freezing fog patches are expected to develop quite widely on Thursday night, with some of these becoming dense in places with very poor visibility.

"This is most likely to affect parts of central England, but other areas are also at risk.

"Fog is likely to be slow to clear during Friday and may last through the day in some places which may lead to some travel disruption."

Met Office weather warning runs from 8pm tonight until noon on Thursday

Top tips for driving in fog

Driving in mist and fog

When should you use headlights in fog?

According to the Highway Code, you must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced - generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres.

Advice for how to drive in mist and fog (from RAC)

When there’s fog around, make sure you’re familiar with how to operate your front and rear fog lights.

If your car has automatic lights, remember to check the lights are on, as they may not be automatically activated in foggy conditions. However, do not use full beam lights, because the fog reflects the light back, reducing visibility even further.

Follow the ‘two-second rule’ to leave sufficient space between you and the car in front.

If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen out for approaching traffic. If you really cannot see, you should consider stopping until it is safe to continue.

If your car is fitted with air conditioning, use it, as it will stop the windows from misting up. Ensure the heater is set to windscreen de-misting and open all the vents.

If the fog is so severe that you’re struggling to see other vehicles, switch on your fog lights