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Met Office – Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – Thursday 7 – Wednesday 13 December 2017

snow2Level 3 – Cold Weather Action

There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0800 on Thursday 07 December and 0600 on Wednesday 13 December 2017 in parts of England including the West Midlands (90%). This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

West Midlands – Cold temperatures day and night with significant wind chill. Some snow showers likely most days, becoming frequent on Thursday evening into Friday with more prolonged snow possible on Sunday.

Cold Arctic air is expected to spread south across all parts of England through Thursday and Friday. A brisk northerly wind will give significant wind chill. Whilst many areas will remain dry with sunny spells through the day, occasional snow showers are expected giving localised accumulations and icy patches. These are possible anywhere, although most likely in northwest England and West Midlands on Thursday into Friday, and also northeast England and east coastal areas. A band of rain moving east on Sunday and Monday is likely to turn to sleet or snow parts of the East of England, the Midlands, and areas northwards, potentially producing further accumulations. This period of cold weather is then likely to continue into next week, beyond the current alert period.

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:


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.



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