Winter arrives this weekend: Are you ready for it?

British cyclists are in for a shock: sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice will hit the nation this weekend

Winter Arrives This Weekend: Are You Ready For It?

Winter looks set to rapidly arrive in Britain this weekend, with snow, ice, high winds and sub-zero temperatures sweeping across the nation. The forecast is a grim one for those of us planning a long ride at the weekend, particularly on the back of the recent wet weather.
>> Winter cycling survival guide: 10 tips to keep you riding1

Could you see #snow this weekend? Latest warning information: https://t.co/CLJj9S7DAm #uksnow pic.twitter.com/dffWtGsCxI2345

Met Office (@metoffice) November 19, 20156

Our advice is to keep a close eye on the weather forecast for the next 48 hours, and above all make sure that you are fully prepared for the weather if or when you do venture out on your bike. The bad weather will hit Scotland on Friday afternoon, and then move steadily south-east with a high chance that even southern regions, including London, could experience snow, sleet and gusty winds on Saturday morning.

SNOW UPDATE: Snow is expected from around 7pm this evening until 7am Saturday morning.

Heavy in parts, especially on Saturday. #SnakePass7

Snake Pass Watch (@snakepasswatch) November 20, 20158

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The snow and winds clear by Sunday, leaving a clearer day for many but one that will start with temperatures hovering around zero.

All of this means that you may have to delve into your cycling drawer to retrieve your cold-weather clothing10, particularly as it is such a drastic change in weather.

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Needless to say, caution also needs to be exercised when going out riding. We can t recommend going out cycling in 40-50mph gusty winds, but thankfully that patch of weather appears as though it will be short-lived. Time your ride for when the worst of it subsides. The obvious peril for road cycling is surface ice on the roads, something that many of us haven t experienced since the spring.

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Take note of road conditions in your area, and again keep an eye out for weather warnings on the local news. It s sometimes best to delay starting your ride until mid-morning to increase the chance of ice melting.

References

  1. ^ >> Winter cycling survival guide: 10 tips to keep you riding (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ #snow (twitter.com)
  3. ^ https://t.co/CLJj9S7DAm (t.co)
  4. ^ #uksnow (twitter.com)
  5. ^ pic.twitter.com/dffWtGsCxI (t.co)
  6. ^ November 19, 2015 (twitter.com)
  7. ^ #SnakePass (twitter.com)
  8. ^ November 20, 2015 (twitter.com)
  9. ^ >>> Six moans and truths about winter cycling (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ cold-weather clothing (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ >>> 10 worst winter kit mistakes and how to avoid them (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ >>> Seven tips to get your bike ready for winter (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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