Weather latest: Herefordshire braced for heavy snow

Herefordshire braced for heavy snow

Heavy snow is expected to start falling in the early hours of tomorrow

Last night's below freezing temperatures. Image from Dave Throup, Environment Agency on Twitter / @DaveThroupEA)

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Herefordshire is braced for heavy snow, blizzards and icy conditions after the Met Office issued an amber weather warning for the West Midlands.

Heavy snow is expected to start falling in the early hours of tomorrow (Friday) with depths of 10-15cm forecast and 25cm or more falling over hills and higher ground.

Blizzard conditions are likely in higher areas and temperatures could be as low as -4°C.

While tempertatures in some parts of Herefordshire plummeted to -5°C last night, some light patchy snow could fall later today when winds are expected to increase. 

There could be more snow on Saturday and again on Monday, increasing the risk of icy conditions.

With the potential for severe disruption around the county, Herefordians are advised to be prepared to change their travel plans and keep a close eye on updates.

Stay safe on the roads - and if you go sledging

With the freezing temperatures set to stay and snow on the way, West Midlands Ambulance Service is asking the public to take a few simple precautions to stay safe and healthy whether they are travelling the snowy roads or heading out with sledges.

“No-one wants to be a misery but although snow and ice can be a huge amount of fun, it can also be quite dangerous,” said a spokesman for the service.

“Every winter we’re called to people who have become injured whilst sledging.

“We would encourage people to just take a second to think about where they are sledging and to have fun safely.

“Clearly playing on frozen lakes and canals can also have tragic consequences if people fall on or through the ice.

“People with existing medical conditions that can be aggravated by cold weather should stay warm and be prepared by making sure they have all their medications, saving any avoidable journeys.”

• Make sure you wrap up warm and wear sensible footwear, helping to avoid slips, trips and falls.

• If the weather takes a turn for the worse, avoid or delay unneccesary journeys.

• If you must to travel by road, allow extra time for your journey and be extra vigilant on icy and snow covered roads.

• If you do need medical treatment but your condition is not life threatening, consider calling your nearest pharmacists, GP, walk in centres, minor injuries units. You can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or ask for advice online at nhs.uk.

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10:34am Thu 17 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

And we all know who's fault it is. Yes! Jarvis.
Some of you might say,'Good grief we can't blame Jarvis for everything can we?' Id say, 'Yes we bloody can'.
If he knocks on my bloody door after this deluge of snow and politely says, 'Can you give me shelter from the cold', I'd say, 'No. Get stuffed. Go find a member of the bovine species and cozy up to him to receive some warmth. There's no place for you in front of my two bar electric heater'.
And we all know who's fault it is. Yes! Jarvis. Some of you might say,'Good grief we can't blame Jarvis for everything can we?' Id say, 'Yes we bloody can'. If he knocks on my bloody door after this deluge of snow and politely says, 'Can you give me shelter from the cold', I'd say, 'No. Get stuffed. Go find a member of the bovine species and cozy up to him to receive some warmth. There's no place for you in front of my two bar electric heater'. bobby47
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10:53am Thu 17 Jan 13

mizza21 says...

Bobby, you can afford to have 2 bars on?
I am not yet eligible for the winter fuel payment so me and her indoors huddle in front of one bar.

(Predictable comparison with Nordic countries inbound!)
I don't see Sweden or Norway grinding to ahlt every time there's a bit of snow, they just get their snow chains on and get on with it.

Of course I blame the profiteering energy companies and the council. Where's the joined up thinking here. The electric companies have loads of spare capacity overnight when it's cold.
Durrrrrr, why not heat the roads up with electric heaters. Every ones a winner. I could sit out on the A49 and keep my milky white **** warm and nice without costing me a penny.
Bobby, you can afford to have 2 bars on? I am not yet eligible for the winter fuel payment so me and her indoors huddle in front of one bar. (Predictable comparison with Nordic countries inbound!) I don't see Sweden or Norway grinding to ahlt every time there's a bit of snow, they just get their snow chains on and get on with it. Of course I blame the profiteering energy companies and the council. Where's the joined up thinking here. The electric companies have loads of spare capacity overnight when it's cold. Durrrrrr, why not heat the roads up with electric heaters. Every ones a winner. I could sit out on the A49 and keep my milky white **** warm and nice without costing me a penny. mizza21
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10:56am Thu 17 Jan 13

mizza21 says...

They have sensored A$$ above.
Yes that's a$s everyboby, 4$$ as$ 4ss As$

It's only a sort of donkey or something. (I don't know for god's sake, perhaps someone can clarify) Cleopatra had a bath in their Milk and Mary rode one to Bethlehem.
Surely there's no need to filter them out of history HT!
They have sensored A$$ above. Yes that's a$s everyboby, 4$$ as$ 4ss As$ It's only a sort of donkey or something. (I don't know for god's sake, perhaps someone can clarify) Cleopatra had a bath in their Milk and Mary rode one to Bethlehem. Surely there's no need to filter them out of history HT! mizza21
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1:46pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Clarkester says...

Two bars... One bar...
Luxury the pair of you!
I'm sitting here, watching my breath fog up what's left of my shacks broken windows thinking: "I wonder what heating feels like?"
Anyway that said, when the snow comes, you'll find me ill-prepared, speeding down hills on my sledge in my underpants! I'm gonna bash myself up good! Or have I misread the advice above? No matter... Snowball fight anyone?
Two bars... One bar... Luxury the pair of you! I'm sitting here, watching my breath fog up what's left of my shacks broken windows thinking: "I wonder what heating feels like?" Anyway that said, when the snow comes, you'll find me ill-prepared, speeding down hills on my sledge in my underpants! I'm gonna bash myself up good! Or have I misread the advice above? No matter... Snowball fight anyone? Clarkester
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1:47pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Roger J says...

Must be a salt/grit & manpower surplus, the gritters been round our estate before half a dozen flakes have fallen.
Must be a salt/grit & manpower surplus, the gritters been round our estate before half a dozen flakes have fallen. Roger J
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3:47pm Thu 17 Jan 13

fordshire77 says...

Im with you Bobby47 jarvis is to blame!
get rid of him and the sun will shine a bit brighter over the this ONCE great county!
Im with you Bobby47 jarvis is to blame! get rid of him and the sun will shine a bit brighter over the this ONCE great county! fordshire77
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4:06pm Thu 17 Jan 13

nickt2635 says...

mizza21 wrote:
They have sensored A$$ above.
Yes that's a$s everyboby, 4$$ as$ 4ss As$

It's only a sort of donkey or something. (I don't know for god's sake, perhaps someone can clarify) Cleopatra had a bath in their Milk and Mary rode one to Bethlehem.
Surely there's no need to filter them out of history HT!
It was probably spelled "A"lpha "R"omeo "S"iera "E"cho because there are four ****'s, that's why they filtered it out.
[quote][p][bold]mizza21[/bold] wrote: They have sensored A$$ above. Yes that's a$s everyboby, 4$$ as$ 4ss As$ It's only a sort of donkey or something. (I don't know for god's sake, perhaps someone can clarify) Cleopatra had a bath in their Milk and Mary rode one to Bethlehem. Surely there's no need to filter them out of history HT![/p][/quote]It was probably spelled "A"lpha "R"omeo "S"iera "E"cho because there are four ****'s, that's why they filtered it out. nickt2635
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5:30pm Thu 17 Jan 13

bobby47 says...

Then it's official. as Fordshire has stated, he has it on good authority that this terrible snow, that is about to drop upon us, is the fault of Jarvis and as far as Im concerned, speaking up for the possessed, the disposed and the demented gamblers who battle their eczema and other related ailments everyday of the lunar month, Jarvis is to blame and if its good enough for Fordshire it's good enough for me. And, furthermore, anyone who disagrees and suggests that Jarvis has played no part in this forthcoming deluge of snow is entitled to their opinion and disagrees with me.
There you are! And if anyone says, 'this bobby47 is full of drivel and tripe', I'd respond by saying, 'Yes and there's plenty more where that came from'.
I think Ive made your point Fordshire.
Then it's official. as Fordshire has stated, he has it on good authority that this terrible snow, that is about to drop upon us, is the fault of Jarvis and as far as Im concerned, speaking up for the possessed, the disposed and the demented gamblers who battle their eczema and other related ailments everyday of the lunar month, Jarvis is to blame and if its good enough for Fordshire it's good enough for me. And, furthermore, anyone who disagrees and suggests that Jarvis has played no part in this forthcoming deluge of snow is entitled to their opinion and disagrees with me. There you are! And if anyone says, 'this bobby47 is full of drivel and tripe', I'd respond by saying, 'Yes and there's plenty more where that came from'. I think Ive made your point Fordshire. bobby47
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11:22am Fri 18 Jan 13

Ubique5740 says...

Good to hear that we are having amber snow and not yellow snow!
Good to hear that we are having amber snow and not yellow snow! Ubique5740
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10:29am Sun 20 Jan 13

littlewhitebull says...

So glad drivers heeded the warnings and drove carefully. Have just watched a car going down Belmont Road with just a little hole made in the snow on the front windscreen - no, side views, no rear views, front lights obscured, rear lights obscured. Presumably driving with radar or just pure instinct. Or should that be insanity?
So glad drivers heeded the warnings and drove carefully. Have just watched a car going down Belmont Road with just a little hole made in the snow on the front windscreen - no, side views, no rear views, front lights obscured, rear lights obscured. Presumably driving with radar or just pure instinct. Or should that be insanity? littlewhitebull
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