HEREFORDSHIRE is braced for more wintry weather to herald the new year.

And while Ledbury cannot boast the snowfall levels of the nearby Malvern Hills, it has not missed out in this belated “white Christmas’ event.

In fact, as there are officially 12 days of Christmas, it’s hardly belated at all, and the Met Office is pretty confident that more snowy, seasonal weather is on the way.

Snow and ice brought treacherous conditions to many parts of the country on Monday and Tuesday, with the cold snap forecast to bite right into the new year. At the time of going to press, a yellow warning for snow and ice for much of England and Wales, including Herefordshire, was in place from 10am Wednesday to 6am on Thursday.

The snow keeps coming because of a low pressure system that has rain meeting cold air. The rain turns to snow over hills and lower areas.

A spokesman for the Met Office said: “An Atlantic frontal system looks likely to bring rain into parts of southwestern Britain

“As this moves further east into colder air there is a chance of this rain turning to snow.

“The extent of any snow is very uncertain, but 2-5cm could fall across a swathe of southern Wales, central and southern England, with a small chance of 10-15 cm settling in a few places, most likely on high ground above 200 metres.”

This seems to be a weather pattern we might have to get used to, well into 2021.

Although trafic kept moving, the snow on Monday caused tricky driving conditions on the M50, one of the main access points for Ledbury, because so much snow fell so quickly.

In Ledbury itself, the relatively light snowfall was an excellent reason for get out and walk the dog, and blow away those Christmas cobwebs.

One popular spot for winter walkers has been Dog Hill Wood, which overlooks Ledbury and, after snowfall, it affords an excellent view of snow-covered roofs below, and the white fields beyond.