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Cold Weather Alert Issued

Date Published: 23 February 2018

A Level 3 Cold Weather Alert has been issued for parts of England, including the East Midlands, due to a high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow.

Cold weather is currently established across the country with widespread overnight frosts. However, colder conditions are expected to extend westwards across England over the weekend bringing a significant, and prolonged period of wintry weather.

Although temperatures are expected to recover slightly by day on Saturday and Sunday there will be a notable wind chill, especially in the south east. 

During Monday and Tuesday, snow showers are expected to move into eastern areas, before spreading westwards across England. These have the potential to align into bands, bringing some significant accumulations. 

Not everyone will see snowfall, however 5-10cm is possible where showers do line up, with the greatest risk across eastern and southeastern counties. These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill.

These cold, wintry conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday, and likely beyond.

For southern parts of England and Wales this is likely to be the coldest spell of weather for several years.

Stay up to date with the latest weather alerts for our area on the Met Office Website

Health advice

Public Health England offer the following guidance to prepare for cold weather:

  • Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
  • Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over
  • Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help
  • Take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
  • Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold related illness or falls.
  • Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby

Further information about winter health can be found on the Stay Well This Winter website.

Roads and Highways

Our gritting teams are on standby 24 hours a day throughout the winter months to help reduce the impact of cold weather. 

Our first priority is to treat the main routes throughout the county in order to keep people safe. This means gritting around 160 miles of roads, including all A and B roads,  designated access routes into most villages, main routes to GP surgeries, hospitals and schools. 

If snow is forecast we will also grit the main footpaths in Uppingham and Oakham town centres.

Further information about winter safety and details of our priority gritting routes can also be found on the Roads and Highways section of our website.

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