The Met Office has issued a Level 2 Cold Weather Alert (Yellow – Alert and readiness). There is an 80% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Friday 23 Feb and 1200 on Monday 26 Feb. It will become colder from Sunday onwards, a risk of snow showers and any accumulations most likely over hills. There is an increased risk that the temperature threshold (average temp of 2C or less for at least 48 hours) will be met by early next week and the Met Office advise there is a potential for significant disruption due to snow from Monday and that this cold spell could last for up to 2 weeks. They advise that they are likely to raise this warning level tomorrow or Friday and issue further cold weather and weather warnings.
- Increased health risks to vulnerable people.
- Increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, lung illnesses, influenza and other diseases.
- Some groups particularly susceptible to the effects of very cold weather such as older people, the very young and people with pre-existing medical conditions.
For more information
- Met Office Cold Weather Alert
- Met Office Severe Weather Warnings
- NHS Keep Warm Keep Well leaflet
- WSCC Current incidents (Please note there may be a delay in this information being updated due to server synchronisation)
- WSCC Dealing with extreme weather
- WSCC Preparing for emergencies
- WSCC Report a road and footway issue
- WSCC Safer Seasons: Winter
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