You may have seen that the Met Office has issued a Level 3 – Cold Weather Action for SW England with a 99% probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow between 0900 on Friday 23 Feb and 0800 on Thursday 01 Mar. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please also be aware that this extreme cold and significant wind chill could have impacts on homeless people and agriculture, especially for those farmers involved in lambing. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/#?tab=coldWeatherAlert
Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan, associated guidance and resources which can be found here.
I’ve copied a message from the Met Office below for your information:
WEATHER/IMPACTS: Firstly, although cold now, it is going to turn even colder next week, and could turn out to be the coldest spell we have had for a number of years. Temperatures will remain below or around freezing on some days with severe frosts overnight, with temperatures as low as minus 7 or 8 Celsius, especially over hills and moors. Plus there will be marked and significant wind chill all the time outside in the bitter, raw, Siberian wind blowing in from the east.
Secondly, essentially dry this weekend, but a possibility of snow from Monday. For Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, currently just a few snowflakes are forecast to be blowing in the wind, but towards the end of next week – at this stage – there is signal of a very low risk of more significant snow. It must be emphasised though, that currently there is a lot of uncertainty wrapped around this signal and it could change completely.