Met Office warns of snow disruption
- Published on Friday, 18 January 2013 10:54
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
The Met Office is warning of the risk of disruption as heavy snow is forecast across many parts of the UK today.
A band of snow will push into the West into Friday morning with parts of Wales, the West of England and later Northern Ireland particularly at risk of heavy falls of snow and blizzard conditions in strong winds.
Met Office severe weather warnings have been issued for the heavy snow.
A red warning has been issued for upland parts of southern Wales where accumulations of 10 to 15cm are expected. Up to 30cm is possible over the hills and blizzard conditions are likely.
An amber warning is in place for other parts of Wales, western England, the Midlands and central and southern England, as well as Northern Ireland where accumulations of 10 to 15 cm are expected and 20 cm or more over the hills.
Met Office weather warnings help us all plan, prepare and protect ourselves and others from the impacts of severe weather. A red warning from the Met Office means that we need to take action to keep ourselves and others safe from the impacts of the weather. Widespread disruption to travel and other services is likely.
All of us should consider changing our plans and avoiding dangerous areas.
While snow will fall over most areas, the far West, including Cornwall and extreme western parts of Wales are expected to see the snow turning to rain, with the rain replacing snow across other parts of southwest England during the day.
Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: "The snow is expected to be heaviest during Friday morning across Wales and the southern half of England.
"Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to peoples plans. We should follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities to help keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe in light of the forecast."
Over the weekend we will see less severe conditions but further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow are possible in places. The snow that has fallen will be slow to melt and ice will continue to be a risk, especially at night.