Further cold weather alert issued through to Sunday as Met Office warns of snow and ice
Slough Borough Council has issued advice to residents following another cold weather alert, Thames Valley Police is urging residents not to travel unless necessary, and the Met Office has issued two yellow warnings for the area.
A level three cold weather alert, indicating a 90% probability of severe cold weather, will be in place in parts of England, including Slough, until 9pm on Sunday 15 January.
Meanwhile, earlier today, the Met Office also issued two yellow alerts for snow and ice across the Slough area.
Rain moving eastwards across the south of the UK today may turn to snow in places.
The most likely scenario is for 2 to 4 cm to fall above about 100 m elevation across parts of southeast England with 1 to 2 cm to low levels in places. However, there remains a small chance of snow settling more widely with 5 to 10 cm at low levels this evening, leading to disruption to road, rail and air services as well as interruptions to power supplies and other utilities – this more likely across East Anglia and southeast England. Across Wales and western England snow will more likely be confined to high ground.Associated heavy rain and strong winds may prove additional hazards. As skies clear this evening and tonight there is also potential for widespread ice to form quite rapidly on untreated surfaces.
This is an update to add more details of possible snow amounts; also to delay the start time a little.
Ice is expected to form on untreated surfaces on Thursday night and last into Friday morning. In addition, some outbreaks of sleet and snow are likely to run quickly southwards on Friday morning, chiefly affecting parts of northern and eastern England, clearing the extreme southeast by late morning. This may give local accumulations of one to two cm and add to icy conditions in places.
Ice will lead to the risk of disruption with difficult driving conditions and expect longer journey times. The greater risk of disruption is across the Midlands, East Anglia and southeast England.
Thames Valley Police is urging residents not to travel over the next 24 hours unless their journey is necessary. It has advised this evening that if you are planning a journey in the next 24 hours you should check the weather forecast from the Met Office at: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast.
Consider if your journey is necessary. If so here are some reminders to consider before setting off:
- have a fully charged mobile phone;
- wear warm clothing and take some extra clothes in your vehicle;
- take a torch, some food and water;
- make sure you have screenwash in your car;
- tell someone your destination, the time you expect to arrive and your planned route;
- check the Highway Code for advice on driving in snowy and icey conditions.
Rough sleepers are being urged to use the homeless night shelter, which is available every night between now and the end of March. This year the council has teamed up with local charity London and Slough Run to provide emergency shelters across Slough.
Anyone who thinks they might need to use the shelter is being urged to register in person at:
- MyCouncil (Landmark Place, High Street) between 9 and 10am on every weekday except for Thursdays
- SHOC , Burlington Avenue, Slough
- The Salvation Army, Stoke Road, Slough.
A special helpline called StreetLink is available for rough sleepers and members of the public who wish to report someone sleeping rough. The helpline number is 0300 500 0914, or visit www.streetlink.org.uk