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10th February 12:30hrs – Weather Update – Stay Warm and Stay Safe

UPDATE 12:30hrs, 10th February

Fortunately the worst of the weather overnight and this morning avoided the Birmingham area and although very icey, Birmingham only received a sprinkling of snow showers.
Met Office Weather Forecast for West Midlands Below
Updated: 0613 on Fri 10 Feb 2012

Headline:
Rain, sleet and snow slowly pulling away. Slowly brightening up.

Today:
Any sleet and snow across Herefordshire and Worcestershire will clear through the morning, with much of the region then seeing a dry and increasingly bright day. Another very cold day, with temperatures struggling to get above freezing. Maximum temperature 1 °C.

Tonight:
As skies continue to clear, temperatures will once again fall sharply, with a widespread, locally severe frost. Also a risk of icy patches, particularly where snow cover remains. Minimum temperature -7 °C.

Saturday:
Dry and largely sunny, but remaining bitterly cold through the day. Temperatures are unlikely to rise much above freezing and will fall very sharply again after sunset. Maximum temperature 1 °C.

For further information and weather updates please visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk

UPDATE AT: 9th February 15:30hrs

The Met Office has issued the below forecast for cold weather and snow this evening and in to Friday 10 February. 

Yellow Warning of Snow

Issued at – 09 Feb 2012, 11:54

Valid from – 09 Feb 2012, 16:00

Valid to – 10 Feb 2012, 12:00

An area of snow is expected to develop over parts of east and northeast England later on Thursday. This evening and tonight snow will then extend steadily southwestwards into central and some southwestern parts of England, as well as the east of Wales. Whilst there is uncertainty regarding where the heaviest and most persistent snow will fall, accumulations of  1 to 5 cm are likely with a risk of up to about 10 cm in the worst affected regions. These larger totals are more likely across the Midlands and perhaps southeast Wales. Later in the night the snow is expected to die out across northern, eastern and much of central England to be followed by widespread ice on untreated surfaces. The public should be aware that, as a result, there could be some disruption to travel. This warning will be kept under review and may be updated in the light of new information. 

The public is advised to take extra care, further information, updates and advice can be found here: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/links.html

In addition, there also continues to be an AMBER Cold Weather Health Alert in place.

Visit our pages on snow and low temperatures for information and advice on winter weather.

Birmingham Resilience Team have produced a number of advice articles related to winter weather:

  • Residents encouraged to treat snowy pavements – News article
  • Preparing for winter (including video clip)
  • Staying safe in snow and ice
  • Birmingham City Council school closure protocol
  • Driving in icy or snowy conditions
  • Snow and ice advice for businesses
  • Winter maintenance and gritting plans
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    Consider whether any car journeys are necessary and take extra care. Plan routes on major roads that are more likely to have been gritted.  Slow down, ice can still be present even on a gritted route.  Be considerate to other road users – avoid blocking road junctions.

    For up-to-date travel information visit:

    www.Help2Travel.co.uk,

    www.highways.gov.uk,

    www.networkwestmidlands.com,

    http://nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands

    As ever, be prepared for the weather conditions, take sensible precautions and keep up to date on the weather forecast via the Met Office and local media.  Further information is also available at http://disruption.birmingham.gov.uk/

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