Snow set to hit Wales on Friday

South Wales Argus: WINTRY SCENE: Snow has already fallen in Manmoel, near Blackwood, as this picture by Argus reader Arthur Roper shows WINTRY SCENE: Snow has already fallen in Manmoel, near Blackwood, as this picture by Argus reader Arthur Roper shows

PEOPLE across much of Wales and England are being warned of potential disruption as heavy snow is forecast for Friday.

The Met Office has issued an "amber’’ severe weather warning for parts of Wales and western England where up to 10 to 15cm (4-6in) of snow is expected, with as much as 20cm (8in) or more set to fall over the hills.

The official forecaster is warning that parts of north-west England, Wales and the West Midlands are particularly at risk of significant snow falls and strong winds which will create blizzard conditions.

Much of the rest of the UK is also being urged to brace itself for widespread snow, although areas in the far west, including Northern Ireland, Cornwall and extreme western parts of Wales are likely to see rain.

Eddy Carroll, Met Office chief forecaster, said: "The snow is expected to be heaviest through Friday morning, slowly weakening and clearing east during the second half of the day.

"Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to people's plans. We should all keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, advice from local agencies and be prepared to change our travel plans.’’ Darron Burness, head of the AA's severe weather team, said: "With the outlook remaining cold, drivers need to be prepared for possible disruption.

"Before heading out, check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports and allow a bit more time for your journey, as you don't want to rush on potentially icy roads.

"Do the basic checks on your car and, in case of any problems, carry plenty of warm clothing, blankets, de-icer and scraper, some food, hot flask and a fully-charged mobile.’’ The Met Office said that there will be less severe conditions over the weekend, but there are still forecast to be outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow pushing in from the west.

The snow that has settled will be slow to melt and there will be a continued risk of icy conditions, particularly at night.

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6:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

MR DUDLEY says...

Chaos on the roads will resume on Friday . I know about the predicted snow and I shall prepare , Will the local Councils ? If past years are a guide then NO!
Chaos on the roads will resume on Friday . I know about the predicted snow and I shall prepare , Will the local Councils ? If past years are a guide then NO! MR DUDLEY

8:47pm Wed 16 Jan 13

koifisher says...

Well its best to prepare ,, they never seem to get the nice weather right , but normally, they get the bad weather right.
Well its best to prepare ,, they never seem to get the nice weather right , but normally, they get the bad weather right. koifisher

10:06pm Wed 16 Jan 13

33daverave says...

Have been to Ghetto Asda in Pill to get some beer.Bring on the snow.
Have been to Ghetto Asda in Pill to get some beer.Bring on the snow. 33daverave

9:04am Thu 17 Jan 13

Jack Land says...

ghetto asda hahahaha briliant
ghetto asda hahahaha briliant Jack Land

9:04am Thu 17 Jan 13

Jack Land says...

ghetto asda hahahaha brilliant
ghetto asda hahahaha brilliant Jack Land

10:52am Thu 17 Jan 13

The_Vulcan says...

The snows hit !
The snows hit ! The_Vulcan

1:41pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Dai37 says...

Easy! shut all the schools so the kids can go sledging.
Send all the civil servants home early so they can strip the shelves of bread in Tescos.
Health and Safety dont you know!
Easy! shut all the schools so the kids can go sledging. Send all the civil servants home early so they can strip the shelves of bread in Tescos. Health and Safety dont you know! Dai37

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