Severe weather warnings: More snow to come

Tuesday 5 January 2010, 12:46

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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There's a very wintry look to the weather across Wales today with Met Office severe warnings in force for heavy snow and ice and there's more heavy snow to come.

We've probably had the worst of the snow for South Wales for time being and most of it will fall in the North and West this afternoon.

The current spell of cold weather started in mid December and has been the most prolonged spell of freezing conditions across the UK since December 1981.

Looking ahead to tonight - an area of low pressure will form over Southern England which will generate more heavy snow.

Central and Southern England look likely to be worst hit but South East Wales could also be affected by heavy snow.

The areas most likely to be affected are:

Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Torfaen

Forecasts amount to 5 to 10cm quite widely and as much as 10 to 15cm in places (4 to 6 inches), especially in Newport and Monmouthshire.

This could cause widespread disruption to transport and could affect power supplies.

If you have to travel, take extra care and allow more time for your journey.

Take some warm clothes in your car, a hot drink and just in case - a shovel!


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    Comment number 1.

    You need to get a grip man. 1-2 inches is not "heavy snow" and temperatures above zero do not constitute "severe weather conditions".
    There are 40mph speed limits on the M4 between Cardiff and Newport, not a single flake of snow on any carriageway, although admittedly it is a "bit damp".
    Reporting the weather must be really boring if you have to hype up the conditions in this manner.
    Oh and this is just speculation, but maybe we are having "Wintry weather" because its January and even in these uncertain times and the era of Global Warming Winter is usully around then.
    So please do at least try and communicate a sense of proportion.

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    Comment number 2.

    BBC News:Heavy snowfall alert warning across Wales

    You're damned if you do and damned if you don't when it comes to forecasting the weather. It's a tight rope walk.

    I think we'd all agree 1-2" doesn't constitute heavy snow but those are your words, not Derek's?

    The Met Office have issued severe weather warnings.

    I guess the motorway speed restrictions can't be switched on and off immediately the snow flakes stop falling and then there's all the surface water left behind on the roads.

    We had heavy snow for about an hour here in Cardiff and then blue sky and sunshine?!

    More snow is forecast for tonight/tomorrow. I'll definitely be packing my shovel in case of avalanches ;)

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    Comment number 3.

    I wasn't really having a go at Derek as much as BBC Wales in general. This morning's radio wales programmes were like reports from embedded reporters in a war zone :)
    This disproportiate response to what are really relatively mild weather conditions, completely unremarkable for the time of year, are helping to turn us into a nation of pussies unable to cope or function in face of even modest adversity.

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    Comment number 4.

    Having started out at 7.45am this morning, I hit severe weather conditions between Whitland and St. Clears and turned back. Cars were sliding everywhere (5 in Llanddewi Velfrey) and lorries jack knifed - the snow was heavy. This afternoon we have had heavy persistent snow, which has caused further disruption on the far west coast of Pembrokeshire - main roads are virtually impassible and the temperature has dropped considerably and winds from the north increasing!

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    Comment number 5.

    Yes, the UK does generally come to a stand still whenever a snow flake hits the ground although these past few weeks have been particularly cold and snowy.

    It does vary greatly too as Jackie has pointed out...

    Scotland has had the worst of it. Apparently there's a shortage of salt up there now!

    But when you compare us to countries such as Germany who have to deal with -20 and 'feet' rather than 'inches' of snow and carry on as usual, it does make you wonder why we're not better equipped in the UK?

    Every year it seems to catch us out, like Groundhog day!

    I've not seen any gritters out today despite the News reports all saying the SE of Wales was in for some heavy snow this afternoon...

    Drive safely everyone


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