LATEST SEVERE COLD WEATHER ALERT – LEVEL 3- SEVERE WEATHER ACTION

Forecast Issued on Monday, February 8, 2021 8:43 AM

Cold Weather Alert

Level 3 – Cold Weather Action

https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/?tab=coldWeatherAlert&season=normal#?tab=coldWeatherAlert

There is a 95% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Monday 08 Feb and 1200 on Friday 12 Feb in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.

An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force. These details will not be updated here unless the alert level also changes, the latest forecast details can be obtained at the following link: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/#?tab=map

Regional Risk Assessments for occurrence of Cold Weather conditions between 09:00 Local Time on Monday and 12:00 Local Time on Friday.

The areas that are likely to be affected are:

Region

Warning Level

Risk

Comments

North East England/NEE

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

North West England/NWE

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

Yorkshire and the Humber/YH

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

West Midlands/WM

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Hard frosts by night and cold by day with a risk of ice.

East Midlands/EM

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

East of England/EE

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

Southeast England/SEE

Level 3 (Amber)

95%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

London/LON

Level 3 (Amber)

90%

Snow showers continuing early this week with accumulations to low levels. Hard frosts with maxima struggling to breach 0 C by day.

Southwest England/SWE

Level 3 (Amber)

90%

Hard frosts by night and cold by day with a risk of ice.

General Comments

This alert supersedes the alert issued at 09:02 on Friday 5th Feb. The cold spell is expected to continue this week, with outbreaks of snow across eastern and central England. Snow will be heaviest and most frequent across eastern parts on Monday and Tuesday, with accumulations continuing to build, but should gradually ease through Wednesday. Otherwise, it will be mostly dry and bright, but very cold with hard overnight frosts, particularly on Wednesday night. Later on Thursday and into Friday bands of rain, sleet and snow will probably begin to make their way into western and southwestern England bringing an increased possibility of disruptive snowfall here. Cold air will remain in central and eastern areas with frost and ice likely.

The PHE Cold Weather Plan can be accessed at the following link:
http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/cold-weather-plan-for-england

A range of free resources from the Stay Well This Winter campaign can be downloaded or ordered here:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/34/resources/4045

To aid local planning, listed below are the Local Resilience Forum (LRFs) matched against their regions.

NHS Region

NSWWS Region

Local Resilience Forum

North

North East England

Durham and Darlington
Northumbria
Cleveland

Yorkshire and the Humber

Humber
North Yorkshire
West Yorkshire
South Yorkshire

North West England

Cheshire
Cumbria
Greater Manchester
Lancashire
Merseyside

Midlands

West Midlands

Staffordshire
Warwickshire
West Mercia
West Midlands

East Midlands

Derbyshire
Leicestershire
Lincolnshire
Northamptonshire
Nottinghamshire

East of England

Bedfordshire
Cambridgeshire
Essex
Hertfordshire
Norfolk
Suffolk

South

South East England

Sussex
Kent
Surrey
Thames Valley
Hampshire and Isle of Wight

South West England

Avon & Somerset
Devon, Cornwall & Isle of Scilly
Dorset
Gloucestershire
Wiltshire and Swindon

London

London

London