Snow warning for North Somerset issued

PUBLISHED: 11:12 24 February 2018

Snowy Clevedon.

Snowy Clevedon.

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North Somerset could see snow showers at the start of next week, prompting a health warning.

Snow in Clevedon in 2010.Snow in Clevedon in 2010.

The Met Office and Public Health England have issued warnings ahead of the likely cold weather on Tuesday.

A yellow warning for snow has been issued by the Met Office, starting at just after midnight on Tuesday, and lasting until 11.55pm.

The chief forecaster says there is uncertainty over the extent of the snow, however there is potential for five to 10cm in places.

Public Health England has urged people to take extra care.

People enjoying the snow at Windmill Hill in Portishead in 2010.People enjoying the snow at Windmill Hill in Portishead in 2010.

James Mapstone, deputy regional director for Public Health England in the South West, said: “We are expecting some bitter weather over the weekend and early next week which may come as a bit of a shock for some after the more recent mild weather.

“We urge people to remember to check weather forecasts and plan their day carefully around the weather.

“Take extra care if outside to prevent any accidental slips from icy or snowy pavements. Clear paths outside your house if possible.”

The Met Office spokesman said snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday.

They said: “There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

“Some rural communities could become cut off.

“Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

Older people and young children should take efforts to stay warm, according to Public Health England.

Mr Mapstone said: “When indoors it is critical that people stay warm, particularly if 65 or over, have long term health conditions or are young children. Wear lots of thin layers, eat regular warm and well-balanced meals, and remember that moving about will help keep you warm.

“We know as the weather gets cold we see more people with pneumonia, stroke and hearts attacks.

“There are some simple ways to reduce these risks such as keeping rooms above 18 degrees C or 65 degrees Fahrenheit and, if you smoke, now is a good time to think about quitting.

“Look out for any vulnerable neighbours and if you think they could be having a stroke act fast and call 999.”

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