27th May 2020

Snow warning for Somerset


The yellow weather warning of snow affecting Somerset and other parts of South West England is now valid from 10:00 – 21:00 on Thursday 12 January and 00:05 – 23:55 on Friday 13 January.

The warning for Thursday states:

“Rain moving eastwards across the south of the UK on Thursday may turn to snow in places.

Whilst this is unlikely, there is a small chance of snow settling with disruption to road, rail and air services as well as interruptions to power supplies and other utilities. Associated heavy rain and strong winds may prove additional hazards.”

The warning for Friday states:

“Further showers of snow, sleet and hail will continue across parts of the UK. 2 to 4 cm of snow may affect some lowland areas, while high ground may see locally 5 to 10 cm.

Disruption to transport networks seems likely either due to snow or ice. Additionally, strong winds and large waves will affect some eastern coastal areas.”

A yellow weather warning of snow has been issued across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset on Thursday and Friday.

The warning comes as cold northerly winds are expected to bring occasional snow showers through Thursday and into Friday.

The Met Office has warned of potential for disruption to transport networks.

The Met Office’s Chief Forecaster said:

“A cold airstream will be in place by Thursday afternoon, bringing occasional snow showers . 2-5 cm of snow is possible, with 10 cm possible above about 300 m.”

The warning affects Cornwall, Devon, Somerset from 12:00 on Thursday 12 January to 12:00 on Friday 13 January.