Update 10:20pm: Met Office has downgraded us down to 60% chance of light snow 7am-11am , rather than the 90% chance of heavy snow.
Headline update from the 90% prediction of heavy snow, to something more firm, that it will be another really cold start!
Original information below from earlier this evening…
The Met Office are as of 8:30pm predicting a 90% chance of heavy snow between 8am-10am tomorrow morning.
The full yellow warning reads: “Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, with the potential for a more organised area of snow to push southwest across parts of England and Wales. There is the potential for 5-10 cm of snow in places though nearby locations may see only small accumulations of 0-2 cm. The warning area has been adjusted to take into account latest indications. Strong winds may lead to drifting of lying snow (and severe wind chill) especially over hills, with lightning perhaps an additional hazard near North Sea coasts.”
Using often accurate forecasters, it appears we will be due a dusting of snow early tomorrow, of course higher ground getting the larger amounts:
Wrexham Council have said: “Like all other local authorities We don’t grit or plough every road but we do make sure that our main roads are cleared as soon as possible. This can sometimes be difficult particularly if snow continues to fall.”
You can see the Council’s gritting routes here.
The Council added: “Snow and ice can also cause disruptions to your bin service as driving a huge vehicle on narrow roads can be dangerous to both the crew and also the public. Occasionally bin collections will be stopped in a particular area for this reason. When we can we send the gritter out before the bin wagon to make sure we can continue for as long as possible.”
Cllr Joan Lowe, Lead Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “There are many people in our communities who struggle during the colder months, and we shouldn’t underestimate just how much of a difference a small thing can make to someone’s life.
“There are so many easy ways to help – help with the shopping, taking a hot meal or just calling in for a chat. We are asking that residents take just a couple of minutes to check on neighbours, friends and relatives.”
This morning we asked Wrexham Council if the ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol/Plan’ had been activated, and if there was any detail on what that meant in practical terms. Much like when we asked last time there was cold weather, we have not had a reply.
The aim of the plan is to ‘minimise the risk to damage to health or death as a result of overnight exposure to cold’, and in theory means Welsh Government funding means emergency accommodation can be provided to homeless vulnerable people.
We are unofficially told it has been activated, and help for those homeless in Wrexham this evening is underway formally.
As above, Wrexham is due to dodge the worst of the snow around the UK however with London and the south east of England being hit it could be portrayed as the end of the world
As always forecasts change, and are often wrong, but we will be doing our best to keep the area informed whatever happens…