Update: Severe cold weather forecast latest
PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 January 2012 | UPDATED: 10:57 01 February 2012
THE MET office has warned elderly people could be at risk after it raised its severe weather warning today (Wed).
In the latest forecast, weather experts said there was a 100 per cent chance of severe cold weather in the South West between today and Saturday as it issued a level three warning, meaning the elderly could be at risk and services disrupted.
There is a risk of ice as temperatures are expected to plunge.
More cold weather is expected later in the week, although the chance of snow and ice will be lower this weekend.
NHS North Somerset said it has a contingency plan in place for coping with bad weather.
A Weston General Hospital spokesman said: “Our winter plan, which went to our board in December, outlines our contingency for coping throughout the winter months with the pressures which adverse weather can put on the NHS.
“As a consequence of the extreme wintery conditions experienced over the past two years, robust plans have been developed.”
The hospital revealed it had made a list of staff members which owned a 4x4 such as a Land Rover, which could be used to transport vital staff in the snow.
Patients were advised to contact the hospital as soon as possible if they were likely to find it difficult to attend appointments.
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