‘Increased’ risk of snow and ice disrupting travel services today

PUBLISHED: 09:28 12 January 2017

Snow in Weston-super-Mare.

Snow in Weston-super-Mare.

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The chances of travel disruption in North Somerset caused by snow or ice today (Thursday) has increased, the Met Office has warned.

Experts are predicting cold weather will travel southwards from Scotland during the course of today and may bring snow with it.

A yellow weather warning for ice and snow has been issued for the South West.

The Met Office says: “Rain moving eastwards across the south of the UK today may turn to snow in places.

“There is a 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. As skies clear tonight there is also potential for widespread ice to form quite rapidly on untreated surfaces.

“This is an update (from earlier this week) to slightly increase the risk of disruption from snow, as well as to introduce ice as a hazard.

“As a developing area of low pressure moves east across southern Britain on Thursday there is potential for rain to turn rapidly to snow as cold air is drawn in.

“However, there is a great deal of uncertainty over the track and intensity of this system, meaning that confidence is low in the amount and extent of any snow.”

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