Motorists urged to be cautious of wet roads

The Samoa Meteorology Division has cautioned local motorists to be wary of road conditions as the presence of low-level clouds continue to bring rain.

A weather bulletin issued by the Meteorology Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment [MNRE] 5pm on Tuesday warned that rain could be heavy at times for the northeast and eastern districts and highlights but the downpour will be brief.

In terms of forecast of tropical cyclones, the office said:  “Highly unlikely for tropical cyclone [TC] development any time soon as the typical TC season occurs in November – April. We are monitoring this weather system today and tonight and provide relevant advice.”

Siliva Mulitalo of the Meteorology Division at Mulinuu appealed to motorists to drive safely as visibility drops due to the low-lying clouds.

“Low clouds that are moving over Samoa can be unsafe for driving over mountainous areas with visibility dropping significantly. For example, Cross Island Road and high elevated areas,” he said.

“Another rain band may arrive as soon as Friday that may bring showers and a chance of thunderstorms for Friday and the weekend which is attributed to a convergence zone.”

The wind and coastal flood advisories that the Meteorology Division recently issued have been cancelled.

Nevertheless a small crafts advisory remains in effect for coastal areas and open waters of Samoa due to high swells and rough seas.

“This small craft advisory may be valid again around Friday or Saturday due to the movement of a convergence zone that may produce high swells and fresh to strong winds.”

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