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Amber cold weather alert in force for Cornwall

Amber cold weather alert in force for Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:02am 2nd February 2019. (Updated at 11:51am 2nd February 2019)

An amber cold weather alert has been issued for Cornwall, after all the snow and ice chaos.

That is triggered by the Met Office when plummeting temperatures could be a risk to health.

Officials say longer periods of cold weather can be dangerous to the very young, elderly or vulnerable

It comes as parts of Cornwall wake up to more of the white stuff, with reports of flurries from the Lizard to St Austell.

"There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0900 on Friday 1st February and 0900 on Monday 04 February 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".

Met Office

It comes alongside a new yellow weather warning for ice, which will last from 4pm on Saturday until 11am on Sunday.

The Met Office says slippery stretches are expected after all the snow.

It warns some untreated roads, paths and cycle paths could still be treacherous.

The gritters have been back out across the Duchy and the council is urging drivers to take extra care.

Councillor Geoff Brown is in charge of transport at County Hall and on Friday, urged drivers to take precautions.

"We are doing everything we can to keep key roads clear, however the icy conditions will continue overnight.

"Driving in snow, ice and wintry conditions requires extra care and preparation, and you should only drive when absolutely necessary.

"It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road so please consider whether you really need to travel and take care if you do have to go out.

"We'll have gritters out again tonight covering key routes. They take great care applying salt to the road to ensure that correct spread and widths are maintained.

"Salting vehicles are extremely powerful and travel at up to 40mph spreading salt across all lanes of motorways and trunk roads.

"Please remain a safe distance behind them and don't attempt to overtake unless it's safe".

Geoff Brown

What is the forecast?

Today:

"Showers, some heavy and thundery with hail, are likely for Cornwall but these should ease during the afternoon.

"Otherwise it will be cold but mostly dry and sunny with only one or two sharp showers possible".

Tonight:

"The odd shower for Cornwall, elsewhere a dry, cold and frosty night, particularly where there is lying snow.

"Turning cloudier with a little rain from the west by dawn".

Met Office

You can check the latest weather warnings for Cornwall here or watch the Met Office 10-day Trend...

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