Snow warnings issued for Devon

Snowy scenes in Devon.
Snowy scenes in Devon.

Snow warnings have been issued for Devon at the start of next week, the Met Office has warned this morning (Saturday).

Snowy scenes in Devon in 2013. Snowy scenes in Devon in 2013.

A yellow weather warning for snow is in place from just after midnight on Tuesday morning, right through to 11.55pm on Wednesday.

The Met Office’s chief forecaster said: “Showers will bring a large variation in amounts of snow across even small areas with some places seeing very little snow. There is the potential for 10-15cm of snow in places where showers become more frequent whilst nearby locations may see much less frequent showers and only small accumulations of 1-3cm in places.”

The Met Office says there is potential for delays on the roads, and cancellations to rail and air travel.

Public Health England has urged people to take extra care.

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.

Snowy scenes in Devon in 2013. Snowy scenes in Devon in 2013.

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

“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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