17/12/2009

Met Office Issues Snow Warning

After predicting the change to much colder weather, the Met Office has now forecast heavy falls of snow in parts of East Anglia and south-east England.

Snow showers later on today and during Friday are likely to become heavy at times, bringing the potential of serious disruption in some areas tomorrow.

Up to 20cm of snow could fall in some parts of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, London and East Anglia, with gale-force winds causing drifts, forecasters say.
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Met Office Chief Forecaster, Andy Page said: "Eastern parts of England are expected to bear the brunt of the heaviest snowfall but there could be some snow further west at times too."

The run-up to the festive period remains crisp and seasonal with some hard frosts overnight, the Met Office has warned.

However, officials say it is still too early to predict what the weather on Christmas Day will be, with a battle taking place over the UK between cold air over the country and milder air trying to push up from the south.

The Highways Agency has advised drivers to carry out simple vehicle checks before setting out, to carry a severe weather emergency kit in their vehicles, and to monitor the traffic and weather conditions.

(PR/BMcc)

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