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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 December 2017

snow21Level 3 – Cold Weather Action

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Wednesday 13 December and 1500 on Sunday 17 December 2017 in parts of England including the West Midlands (80%). This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

West Midlands – Some scattered snow showers Wednesday evening and Thursday, whilst any lying snow will suppress temperatures. Risk of icy patches. Drier going into the weekend, but turning frosty overnight. Milder weather comes in through Sunday.

Showers will turn wintry across parts of England during Wednesday afternoon, perhaps with some sleet or hill snow falling across central, east and northern England overnight. There is a small risk of some temporary snow to lower levels, with some icy patches developing. Wintry showers continue Thursday, mainly in the west, but increasingly fall as

rain later in the day. However it will then turn generally colder through Friday, with a marked wind chill and also into the weekend, with some sharp overnight frosts expected. Particularly across the north and down the eastern side England. After a cold to start on Sunday, a return to less cold conditions is expected with a band of rain spreading in from the west.


As always, during this period of cold weather, make sure you stay warm and if you intend to go outside dress appropriately with the correct footwear. If you remain indoors, make sure that your heating  is set to the right temperature (heating you home to at least 18 degrees Celsius in winter poses minimal risk to your health when you are wearing suitable clothing).

Due to the increase in health risks during cold weather, if there is anyone you know who might be at special risk, for example an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications.

If you  are particularly worried about your own health, or that of someone you know please call NHS 111

Additional steps you can take to keep yourself and your friends, family and neighbours safe are:

Advice: Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.


Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. Note that the

details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force. These details will not be updated here unless the alert level also changes, the latest

forecast details can be obtained at the following link:





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