Weather warning issued for 48 hours as Beast from the East approaches

first_imgTips for homeowners in cold weatherThe Met Office has put together a list of handy tips for homeowners in the cold weather: 1. GET YOUR FLU JAB 2. TOP UP YOUR VEHICLE ANTI-FREEZE/SCREEN WASH 3. CHECK YOUR TYRES 4. THINK ABOUT A WINTER KIT FOR YOUR CAR 5. CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE COMMUTING PLANS FOR SEVERE WEATHER 6. CHECK YOUR HEATING – YOUR HOME SHOULD BE HEATED TO AT LEAST 18 °C 7. CONSIDER HOW YOU WOULD ACCESS VITAL INFORMATION IF A STORM TAKES OUT POWER AND PHONELINES 8. CHECK YOUR PIPES ARE INSULATED 9. KNOW WHERE YOUR STOPTAP IS 10. THINK ABOUT WHAT MAY BE IMPACTED BY STRONG WINDS – GUTTERING, PIPES, ROOF TILES/SLATES, GARDEN ITEMS 11. CHECK WHETHER YOU ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING 12. FREEZE A LOAF OF BREAD AND PINT OF MILK FOR TIMES OF BAD WEATHER Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow for 48 hours in Stoke-on-Trent next week – as the weather front nicknamed the ‘The Beast from the East’ approaches. The first yellow weather warning covering comes into force in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire at 00.05am on Tuesday and lasts until 11.55pm that evening – with a second beginning shortly after midnight on Wednesday and again continuing until 11.55pm Parts of south and eastern Staffordshire, including Tamworth and Burton, are also covered by an earlier warning for snow which is in force from 2pm until 11.55pm on Monday. The warnings on Tuesday and Wednesday cover most of the UK – with the Met Office warning travel disruption is possible. A spokesman said: “Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday. “Heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday. “There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel. “Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.” UPDATE: An Amber Weather Warning is now in force for some parts of east and southern Staffordshire on Tuesday morning – more on that here The Met Office Chief Forecaster said there was ‘uncertainty’ over the extent of snow that would fall. Read MoreBeast from the East approaches as Met Office Amber Cold Weather Alert issued The forecaster said: “Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, with the potential for a more organised band of snow to push south-west across many parts of England and Wales through the day. “There is uncertainty in the extent of snow. However, there is the potential for 5-10 cm of snow in places where showers become more frequent, or in association with the more persistent band of snow. “Nearby locations may see much less snow and only small accumulations of 0-2 cm in places. Strong winds will lead to drifting of lying snow, with lightning an additional hazard, particularly near North Sea coasts.” Read MoreCandidates for council by-elections announced A separate Amber Cold Weather Alert is also in force throughout the week. West Midlands Ambulance Service advised people to keep warm. A spokesman said: “It’s set to be a chilly week so if you feel the cold, it’s a good idea to put on some extra layers and have plenty of hot meals and drinks to help keep warm during cold weather to help prevent colds, flu and more serious health conditions from developing.” StaffsPrepared, which is operated by the Civil Contingencies Unit, said people should take extra care when driving. The group said: “Yellow warnings for snow in place across the UK from Monday to Wednesday affecting Staffordshire. Make sure you’re winter ready. Check on elderly relatives, take care when driving and wrap up warm.” A spokesman for Age UK also warned elderly people to be careful due to the Amber Cold Weather Alert. He said: “The Met Office has forecast severe cold weather in all regions of England and is likely to last until Thursday March 1. “Exposure to the cold can have a devastating impact on older people, who are particularly vulnerable to the impact of low temperatures. “As people get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for health. Breathing in cold air lowers the body temperature, and raises the risk of chest infections, heart attacks and strokes.” What is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. last_img

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