Snow warning for Weston upgraded by Met Office

PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:33 17 March 2018

Weston's High Street in the snow. Picture: Eleanor Young

Weston's High Street in the snow. Picture: Eleanor Young

Eleanor Young

A weather warning for Weston-super-Mare has been upgraded, with the South West set to be hit by ‘strong winds and heavy snow’.

The Met Office has issued an amber snow warning running from midnight to 9pm on Sunday, as the town braces for its second snow storm of the month.

The poor forecast has forced tomorrow’s Weston Super Half Marathon to be cancelled.

A nationwide yellow warning for ice has also been issued for Monday morning.

A Met Office spokesman said: “A spell of snow will move west across many parts of south west Britain on Saturday night and Sunday.

“Snow will turn heavy in places on Sunday, and may last for much of the day across parts of south west England. Strong east or north-easterly winds will lead to some drifting of snow, especially over hills, with significant wind chill.

“Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.

“Delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely.

“There is a good chance that some rural upland communities could become cut off.

“Disruption to power supplies is possible, especially in parts of South West.”

Highways England’s head of road safety, Richard Leonard, encouraged people to travel only if it is necessary.

He said: “Our gritter drivers will be out treating our roads around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

“Make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed if you need to travel because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.

“Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.”

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