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Snow Warning and Cold Weather Alert

Update as at 1730hrs – Snow weather alert

Met Office Yellow Warning of Snow issued:

Valid from: 1800 on Mon 4 Feb 2013

Valid to: 0900 on Tue 5 Feb 2013

Heavy, squally showers will spread to many parts of Northern Ireland and northern England during Monday evening, turning wintry on high ground and then increasingly to lower levels away from western coasts during Monday night.
Showers will become aligned into bands orientated west to east, such that some places will have frequent snow showers, whilst others have relatively few. Therefore, accumulations of snow will be very variable, with some places under the shower bands receiving 5-10 cm. Drifting of snow and temporary blizzard conditions may affect higher level routes. Winds will gust to around 50 mph near the heavier showers, but higher over hills.


Update as at Monday 4 February 2013 – Cold Weather Alert Level 2  – Alert and Readiness (16:00hrs Mon 4 Feb to 08:00hrs Fri 8 Feb)

There is a 70% probability of cold temperatures/icy conditions/ snow between 1600 on Monday and 0800 on Friday in parts of England. Regional Risk Assessments for the West Midlands suggests a 60% probability of Cold temperatures, snow showers and icy conditions.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable individuals.

Met Office Forecast for Birmingham Area (Issued at: 0400 on Mon 4 Feb 2013):

Today:  A good deal of dry and bright weather today, especially this morning, though feeling cold in the strong northwesterly wind. The chance of a few wintry showers later in the day, mainly towards the northwest. Maximum Temperature 7 °C.

Tonight:  Very windy. Wintry showers will become increasingly frequent with a mix of rain sleet and snow leading to an ice risk. The best of the drier weather towards the southeast. Minimum Temperature -1 °C.

Tuesday:  Another cold and windy day with some wintry showers in the morning, and a spell of rain into the afternoon, perhaps some hill snow in the north. Maximum Temperature 5 °C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:  Cold with few wintry showers on Wednesday. Largely dry and bright on Thursday. Becoming more unsettled on Friday with spells of rain, sleet and hill snow at times.

The latest forecast details can be obtained from the Met Office Website.


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, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647, or your local pharmacist.

Update as at Saturday 2 February 2013 – Cold Weather Alert (Tues – Wed)

We have received a Cold Weather Alert Level 2 (alert and readiness) for occurences of cold weather between 00:00hrs, Tuesday 5 February to 08:00hrs, Wednesday 6 February.  There is a 70% probability of icy conditions/ snow in parts of England.  The Met Office is predicting cold temperatures across the West Midlands with a significant wind chill. 

Met Office General Overview:

Temperatures will drop across England from Monday onwards as a result of a cold, very windy northwesterly flow setting in. Wintery showers on Monday will be followed by an awkward mix of rain, sleet and snow around midweek, this is likely to be followed by further wintery showers in the very cold arctic northerly flow.  However, the primary concern at first is for low temperatures and a significant wind chill. Refer to the Met Office website for up to date weather forecasts.

For advice and information please go to our specific advice pages on snow and low temperatures.

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