Amber and yellow weather warnings have been issued for snow and ice as the cold weather continues.
Several National Severe Weather Warnings are in place this weekend as the country continues to experience cold air from the north, bringing freezing temperatures, widespread frost, patchy freezing fog and sometimes it snows. Warnings may be updated in the coming days, so keep up to date with the forecast in your area.
As snow showers continue to move in from the Irish Sea today, an Amber warning for snow has been issued covering Cumbria. Met office chief meteorologist Jason Kelly said: “At times heavy snow can fall across Cumbria accompanied by the odd rumble of thunder. 10-15cm of snow is possible before showers begin to ease overnight.
“The low pressure system will bring less cold but more unsettled weather to southern parts of the UK from this evening onwards, although northern areas will continue to be cold with seasonal showers winter and severe frost overnight.
“Many areas of England and Wales are then likely to see spells of rain early next week, which at times could be heavy and there is a risk of flooding. Some higher hills across parts of north Wales and northern England could see further snow.”
The UKHSA has issued yellow and amber cold health warningsfor the health sector covering all regions of England until the 5thlame pants December.
Snowfall in late fall or early winter usually does not last long because ground temperatures generally remain relatively high, especially compared to values in late winter, after the ground has lost more warmth.
Prepare for the cold
Dale Hipkiss, National Network Director at National Highway, said: “Having a kit of essential items such as a flashlight and warm clothes in your car can be vital in case you and your passengers get caught. stuck. Icy conditions bring many dangers such as snow and ice, please take every step possible to understand your itinerary in advance and allow extra time when traveling. Keeping a set of essentials like a flashlight and warm clothes in your car can be important.
“Plan your journey in advance, check the weather forecast and if weather conditions become difficult, adjust your driving behavior and take extra care. If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself in an unsafe or vulnerable situation and need assistance, please contact emergency services.
“We have a severe weather travel guide on our website. People should also check their tires, coolant and oil levels before heading out to reduce the risk of damage.”
Senior Vice President of the British Veterinary Association Justine Shotton said: “Extremely cold weather requires us to take extra precautions to keep our furry friends warm and safe. Even something as simple as leaving your dog outside in this weather can cause problems. Cats should also not be left out all night. Domestic rabbits and guinea pigs are susceptible to hypothermia even though they have warm fur, which is why owners need to be vigilant and take steps to ensure their cages are protected from snow, cold winds and the winter rain. If pet owners have any concerns, they should speak to their local veterinarian.”
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