You may now have seen that the Met Office has issued a YELLOW WARNING for Tuesday night and into Wednesday.

The WARNING is for SNOW, ranging from 1cm and up to possibly 10cm on high ground.

The model used by the Met Office indicates that the system, responsible for the snow fall, will be to the east of our area and places us to the south and on the outermost fringe of the “snow belt”.  The snow cloud movement is from upper left to lower right of the country, switching to from left to right, as the influences upon the system change.

As we have previously stated, there is a complex set of systems heading our way and this makes any certainty all that more difficult.

From the variables that we usually employ, our data shows that the main snow fall is likely to be over Kent, East Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and up into East Anglia.   Our current indication is that we will little to no snow fall of any significance.

The north westerly wind will drag overnight temperatures down to -1°C, on Tuesday night, daytime temperatures struggling up to 5°C.

Our data shows that run up to next weekend could be interesting, with dustings of snow during the night.

As soon as the US Government resumes normal working, we will be able to achieve a great deal more accuracy in our weather predictions.

However, we recommend that you plan for travel disruption, on Tuesday night and into Wednesday.  If road travel is necessary, pay close attention to the weather and traffic information, including WAZE, Elgin and other route data feeds.

By now, your vehicle will have had a winter service, or seasonal check, to prepare you for cold weather motoring.  Have your tyres correctly inflated for driving in freezing temperatures and carry extra windscreen washer fluid.

A spot of WD40 on all door locking mechanisms and hinges will help prevent freezing.

If we experience severe adverse weather, ensure that you have the required survival equipment in your vehicle;

Warm clothing

Warm gloves

Wool hat

Thick woolly boot socks

Boots, waterproof

Fleece blanket

Torch

First aid kit

Bottles of water

Food, including boiled sweets.

Ice scraper

De-icing fluid

Hi-Vis jacket

Warning triangles

Road map or atlas for the areas to which you are travelling

Shovel

Foil blanket

Mobile phone and charger lead

Whistle – attracting attention

Survival bag – sleeping bag,

Hand warmers

Black plastic rubbish bag – multiple uses, (keeping warm, rubbish collection, call of nature, plastic sheeting, draft excluder and much more).

Roll of paper kitchen towel – multiple uses, (mopping up condensation, cleaning cloth, toilet paper, boot lining, vent plugging, warmth lining, first aid)

Emergency light sticks attract attention at night, warning others of danger

Empty fuel container – fuel carrying, call of natural

Strip of hi-vis RED heavy-duty waterproof fabric, 1 to 2 metres long,  (if stuck I snow place this out of you offside/drivers side window, so you can be found).

The above items should sustain you for at least 24 hours, whilst trapped in your car.

Make sure that someone knows you route, ETA and vehicle details, in case they are needs.

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY, or worse.

Be safe.

Phil.

Councillor Philip Lashbrook

TEST VALLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL.

Local Resilience Builds Stronger Communities.