Posted: Mon 15th Jan 2024

Flintshire: Met Office issues two yellow warnings for snow and ice

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jan 15th, 2024

The Met Office has issued two yellow weather warnings for snow and ice that could significantly impact Flintshire, heralding a period of challenging winter conditions for the region. The first alert, effective from midnight until 11:59 pm on Tuesday, forecasts snow showers that could lead to accumulations of 2-5 cm in just a few hours, particularly in some areas.

Northern and western Scotland, parts of Wales, and northwest England are expected to be the hardest hit, with potential snowfall ranging from 5-10 cm and up to 20 cm in higher ground areas. The weather conditions are expected to deteriorate, bringing more organized rain, sleet, and snow, moving eastwards, followed by additional showers.

[Met Office Map shows are covered by warning]

Amidst this snowy backdrop, lower elevations across Wales and northern England might experience temporary rain. A second snow and ice alert, spanning from midnight Wednesday to 11:59 pm on Thursday, anticipates more severe conditions. It forecasts the heaviest and most frequent snow showers across northern Scotland on Wednesday morning, gradually affecting southwest Scotland, Northern Ireland, northwest England, and Wales. Persistent snow showers are expected to continue into Wednesday night and throughout Thursday.

Despite these warnings, BBC forecasts suggest that wintery showers might mainly occur on Thursday, with sleet expected during

the evening. This variance in forecasts underlines the unpredictability of the weather system currently affecting the region.

The Met Office advises residents in the affected areas to plan their routes carefully, checking for delays and road closures, and to amend travel plans as necessary. The AA predicts a near 50% increase in workload due to adverse conditions, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Roads are likely to be impacted, with icy patches forming on untreated surfaces.

Nick Powell, AA patrol of the year, offers essential advice for those who must travel: “Reduce your speed to account for the conditions and leave plenty of space behind other vehicles. Try to use main roads where possible, as these are more likely to have been gritted.” He also stresses the importance of being fully prepared for winter conditions, including checking the vehicle’s tyres and ensuring it’s fully de-iced.

Drivers are urged to consider whether their journey is necessary, especially in the hardest-hit areas. For essential trips, extreme caution is advised due to hazardous road conditions. Powell also reminds drivers to carry winter essentials, such as warm clothes, a shovel, a torch, and a flask of hot drink, and to ensure their mobile phone is fully charged.

This cold snap is not only affecting travel but also increasing vehicle breakdown levels, with common faults like flat batteries and wiper issues. Residents and commuters in Flintshire and the surrounding regions are encouraged to stay informed, prepare adequately, and prioritize safety during this challenging winter period.

 

 

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