The General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has warned this Thursday that the cold and snow storm could affect the circulation in more than ten high-capacity roads, before the forecast of the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) about the risk of snowfall for the next few days.
This Friday, could be the most complicated day, since a bLow temperatures could cause snowfalls in northern, central and southeastern provinces of the peninsula and affect the highways and highways A-52, A-6, A-67, A-66, AP-66, AP-6, AP-61, AP-51, A-6, A-1, A-92 , A-44, in addition to secondary roads.
During the weekend, weather forecasts point to a decrease in rainfall, although it will continue to snow in the northwest of the country and that could affect the high capacity roads A-52, A-6; A-66, AP-66 and A-92. However, it will continue to be very cold throughout the Peninsula and there may be night frosts that can create ice sheets on the roads.
On the other hand, he explained that due to the pandemic and perimeter closures, people who have to move for justified reasons must find out about the situation of the roads through the newsletters on radio stations, on social networks: Twitter @DGTes and @informacionDGT; on their website and on the phone 011.
«In the event that the journeys that have to be made pass through the areas with yellow warning for snowfall, the travel conditions may be affected for possible actions on the road to guarantee fluidity and road safety at all times, ”the DGT highlighted.
Thus, it has detailed that restrictions may be established on the movement of heavy vehicles and the circulation of other vehicles that do not have winter tires or chains; limit the speed of movement and prohibit overtaking; total preventive cuts; and mandatory monitoring of alternative diversions – the 21 automated and monitored diversions for bagging trucks are already in operation, to activate them if necessary.
The General Directorate of Traffic is at the central level, in permanent contact to coordinate snowfall actions, through the Risk Assessment Unit of the State Coordination Committee, with the General Directorate of Civil Protection, the State Meteorological Agency and with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
At the provincial and regional level, the Provincial Traffic Headquarters together with the respective Subsectors and Sectors of the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard, within their respective coordination protocols on winter roads, are in contact and coordination with the rest of competent administrations and ministerial delegations.
For the management and regulation of traffic in winter road episodes, the DGT has eight Traffic Management Centers active 24 hours a day, from where actions on the road network of its areas of influence are coordinated through equipment and means with which they have and that allows knowing the state of traffic and communicating incidents to drivers.
The DGT calls for extreme caution when driving through the affected areas and roads for this provision, as well as having the appropriate means and equipment to travel safely, including chains or winter tires.
It also recommends paying attention to the signage on the variable message panels and the indications of the agents of the Civil Guard Traffic Group; clear the left lane and circulate in convoy, that is, one vehicle after another, to allow the passage of road maintenance vehicles and snow plows; and know the colors of the snow.