12th December 2017

Snow and ice warning for Somerset

A yellow weather warning of snow and ice has been issued for South West England including Somerset this week.

The warning states:

“Snow showers are expected across many other parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and western England on Friday. 2-5 cm of snow is likely for some, with 10-20 cm possible over high ground, mainly Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Icy surfaces are also likely to be an additional hazard, especially overnight.”

The Met Office has warned of longer journey times by road, bus and train as some roads and railways are likely to be affected.

A warning of icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths has also been made and to avoid injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said:

“During winter weather which brings snow showers, it is not uncommon for snow amounts to vary considerably across short distances. On Friday and Saturday, the snow showers could lead to snow accumulations which vary markedly across the warning area.”

The weather warning, affecting Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Plymouth, North Somerset and Torbay, is valid from 00:05 Friday 8 December to 18:00 Saturday 9 December.