WEATHER WARNING: More wet, windy and wintry weather forecast for Sheffield

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The snow might have melted away quickly, but Sheffield is set to experience further challenging weather conditions.

Following warnings of ice and snow on Tuesday, the Met Office issued warnings for wind ahead of stormy conditions hitting the city on Wednesday.

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More stormy weather is forecast for Thursday, with gales of up to 60mph expected to sweep across the county.

A Met Office spokesman said: “As well as the very strong winds, a band of squally rain is likely to sweep eastwards across many parts through the period.

“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport and possibly power supplies.”

Temperatures are set to get colder towards the end of the week when there could be some wintry showers.

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The maximum temperature will be four degrees on Friday, and just three degrees at the weekend.

In light of the bitter forecast, Yorkshire Water is warning about the risk of frozen pipes resulting in bursts for homeowners.

According to figures from the Association of British Insurers, a staggering 374,000 claims for damage caused by frozen pipes were made last year alone.

Mark Shepherd, manager for general insurance at the ABI, said: “Every winter, freezing temperatures catch many people out. Yet taking a few simple steps now will greatly reduce the risk of facing the trauma of frozen or burst pipes this winter.

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“The ABI advises households to ensure loft pipes and tanks are insulated, check their stopcock works and keep their home as warm as possible if they are going away. Home insurance will pay for the often considerable damage caused by burst pipes, but it cannot compensate for the misery and inconvenience that they bring.”

And the drop in temperature has also prompted vets to remind pet owners not to forget about small animals, such as rabbits and guinea pigs, and to make sure that their pets’ living space is well-protected.

British Veterinary Association president John Blackwell, said: “We ask owners to try and make sure that their pets do not suffer unnecessarily in the cold and that the temperature and dryness of their pet’s home is kept as close to the animal’s natural environment as possible.”

Top tips for driving in bad weather

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As the Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings of ice and snow for much of the country, roads are expected to be gritted to prevent snow from settling. The IAM’s chief examiner, Peter Rodger is offering advice to motorists to better cope with driving on road surfaces that have been recently treated.

If weather conditions are severe in your area you should take notice of police advice and simply don’t travel. However, in exceptional circumstances if you must go out make sure you drive safely with extra caution on icy roads.

Salt will often make the windscreen, headlights, number plate and rear parts of your car very dirty. Cars without headlamp washers, for example, will lose an estimated 40% of luminosity, and possibly all their focus in about 20 miles on a damp, gritted motorway. When travelling long distances it is advised that you stop regularly at service stations to clean your windscreen and headlights with a clean cloth. Or keep a filled gallon of water in the car boot to give your lights, windows and mirrors a quick wash over – a handy investment to top up your windscreen washer reservoir when needed too.

When driving on a busy road avoid overtaking a gritting lorry as the road ahead may not be treated yet. If you have any doubt, don’t risk it. Never overtake a snow plough in heavy snow conditions.

While roads may be gritted to give you better traction some areas may not be completely treated, leaving ice patches exposed. You should therefore drive at a steady pace – ensuring the safety of you and your passengers.

It’s important that you keep your car clean throughout the winter as the salt in grit can cause external damage such as corrosion to any exposed suspension parts. Ensure that you thoroughly wash the underneath of your car when you can to stop salt from settling.

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Don’t forget to wash/rinse alloy wheels too; the smallest scratch can quickly become a large rust patch.

Rodger said: “Preparation is the key to avoiding a dangerous situation whilst driving in snowy or icy conditions. Don’t rely on the performance of your car systems to get you out of trouble – allow time, make sure you have good visibility all round and carry the right equipment.”

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