Severe weather warning in place for Gloucestershire as heavy snow forecast

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By Bodger21 | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 06:01

So far Gloucestershire has been spared the worst of the snow which swept across parts of Scotland and the east coast of England earlier this week.

However, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for tomorrow, predicting that an area of heavy snow looks increasingly likely to spread from the south-west.

An amber warning is in place with predictions of a worse-case scenario for the region of more than six hours of moderate to heavy snowfall with significant windchill and atrocious conditions, leading to accumulations of snow measuring between 10 and 15cm - and 20cm or more over the hills.

The Met Office predicts that winds will strengthen and blizzard conditions are likely, especially over high ground. 

Eddy Carroll, Met Office chief forecaster, said: "The snow is expected to be heaviest through Friday morning, slowly weakening and clearing east during the second half of the day. 

"Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to people's plans. We should all keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, advice from local agencies and be prepared to change our travel plans if necessary."

For now though, the weather for today looks set to be pretty much the same as yesterday, but with a foggy start for early birds. The rest of the day will be cloudy.

Met Office weather warnings are designed to help people plan, prepare and protect themselves from the impacts of severe weather. 

An amber warning means we should be prepared for the weather and take steps to change our plans and protect ourselves, our families and our communities from the impacts of severe weather.

* To keep updated on the latest forecasts and weather news, log on to the Quedgeley People weather channel and Met Office website. 

* For the latest news on school closures, parents are advised to visit Gloucestershire County Council's emergency school closure list.



  • Profile image for LJPoppy

    Well it was awfully cold out today with a bitter cold wind blowing. I made the mistake of letting my toddler push her dolls buggy to nursery - walking at a snails pace we certainly felt the cold harsh temperatures out!!
    No sign of snow tonight though, we are expecting to draw back the curtains come morning to a blanket of snow - going by all the weather warnings!! My toddler is looking forward to building a snowman at long last - so let it snow!!!

    By LJPoppy at 22:08 on 17/01/13

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