What to do when heavy snow is forecast

17 01 2013

Make sure you know what to do when severe weather warnings are in place for snow.

The first and most vital thing to do is check local and national weather forecasts and keep up to date with the latest warnings from the Met Office. Check the latest forecast for your area on our severe weather page.

You can also sign up to our severe weather RSS feed or severe weather twitter account for your local area. Keep up to date on social media on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

For more information on our severe weather warnings service, watch our video guide.

When a yellow warning has been issued: be aware

Yellow_snow_iconBe aware of the likely conditions and ensure you access the latest weather forecast for up to date weather information. Be aware that:

  • There may be small amounts of snow lying on roads and pavements so slippery road surfaces are possible.
  • Traffic may move generally slower than normal, and you may wish to allow extra time for your journey.
  • You should take extra care when walking, cycling or driving in affected areas.

When an amber warning has been issued: be prepared

Amber_snow_iconDuring amber warnings be prepared to change your plans. Take precautions where possible and ensure you access the latest weather forecast. Be prepared for:

  • More widespread snow lying on roads and pavements with a number of road closures.
  • Localised disruption to road, rail and air transport with difficult driving conditions likely.  Journeys through affected areas may take longer than usual.
  • Taking extra care when walking, cycling or driving in affected areas.

When a red warning has been issued: take action

Red_snow_iconDuring red warnings keep up to date with the forecast and take action to protect yourself and your property. Take action so you are ready for:

  • Widespread deep snow with many roads closed or impassable and a high risk of drivers becoming stranded.
  • Significant disruption to road, rail and air transport.
  • Risk to personal safety. You should avoid areas that are worst affected and are likely to pose additional risks.
  • Significant disruption to normal day to day life as a result of transport issues and school closures.
  • You should take the advice of local emergency services and local authorities in your area.

For advice on clearing snow and ice from the pavement outside your home or public spaces to prevent slips and falls read the snow code.

Useful links:

UK severe weather warnings

UK local forecasts

The snow code

Get ready for winter weather

UK snow

How does snow form?

Snow forecasting in the UK


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