Met Office issues Yellow Weather Warning as ‘Beast from the East’ arrives

By Ross Gazette reporter   |   Reporter   |
Monday 26th February 2018 5:42 pm
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The Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather warning for Herefordshire for snow for tonight and into tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27th.

The Met Office said: “Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, with the potential for a more organised area of snow to push southwest across parts of England and Wales. Separate Amber warnings are being issued to cover those areas which currently look most likely to see impacts. There is the potential for 5-10 cm of snow in places though nearby locations may see only small accumulations of 0-2 cm. The warning area has been adjusted to take into account latest indications. Strong winds may lead to drifting of lying snow (and severe wind chill) especially over hills, with lightning perhaps an additional hazard near North Sea coasts.”

Herefordshire Council have said that Balfour Beatty, the council’s public realm contractor, are ready to tackle the ‘Beast from the East’ and are continuing to monitor conditions around-the-clock to ensure the county’s 14 priority routes are kept clear during extreme weather conditions.

In preparation, over the past 24 hours, the Balfour Beatty Living Places team has gritted over 1,000 miles of road. This includes 600 miles of priority routes and over 400 miles of secondary routes.

The county’s salt barns are fully stocked with 4,800 tonnes of salt available to the 30-strong gritting team, which operates 16 frontline gritting vehicles, four snow blowers and two quad bikes.

The latest information about Herefordshire Council services affected by severe weather, such as road and school closures, can be found at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/severeweather

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