Health warning issued as low temperatures could lead to snow in Weston

PUBLISHED: 11:09 24 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:09 24 February 2018

Snow in Weston in 2010.

Snow in Weston in 2010.

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Snow showers are possible in Weston-super-Mare at the start of next week, the Met Office has warned this morning (Saturday).

People enjoying the snow in Ashcombe Park in 2009. People enjoying the snow in Ashcombe Park in 2009.

A yellow weather warning for snow has been issued for North Somerset, starting at just after midnight on Tuesday, and lasting until 11.55pm.

The chief forecaster says there is uncertainty over the extent of the snow, however there is potential for five to 10cm in places.

A spokesman said: “Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday.

“There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

Heavy snow in Weston Woods in 1967. Heavy snow in Weston Woods in 1967.

“Some rural communities could become cut off.

“Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

MORE: Pictures of Weston in the snow over the years.

Public Health England has urged people to take extra care.

James Mapstone, deputy regional director for Public Health England in the South West, said: “We are expecting some bitter weather over the weekend and early next week which may come as a bit of a shock for some after the more recent mild weather.

“We urge people to remember to check weather forecasts and plan their day carefully around the weather.

“Take extra care if outside to prevent any accidental slips from icy or snowy pavements. Clear paths outside your house if possible.

“When indoors it is critical that people stay warm, particularly if 65 or over, have long term health conditions or are young children. Wear lots of thin layers, eat regular warm and well-balanced meals, and remember that moving about will help keep you warm.

“We know as the weather gets cold we see more people with pneumonia, stroke and hearts attacks.

“There are some simple ways to reduce these risks such as keeping rooms above 18 degrees C or 65 degrees Fahrenheit and, if you smoke, now is a good time to think about quitting.

“Look out for any vulnerable neighbours and if you think they could be having a stroke act fast and call 999.”

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