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Cold weather alert goes out for all of Cornwall

Cold weather alert goes out for all of Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:59pm 17th January 2020. (Updated at 9:14am 18th January 2020)

A cold weather alert has been issued for Cornwall - as it starts snowing on Exmoor.

Lynton Police have shared photos of hail and hill snow on the moors in Devon.

The gritters will be out across Cornwall on Friday night.

It comes as the Met Office puts the Duchy, and most the country, on a level 2 cold weather alert.

It means there is a 70% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 6pm on Sunday 19th and 6pm on Tuesday 21st January in parts of England. 

This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. 

"High pressure will build across the country over the weekend and into early next week. This will bring a spell of dry weather and light winds, with overnight frosts becoming widespread. 

"The cold overnight temperatures will be offset by generally fine daytime conditions with sunny spells. However, fog patches will develop across central and southern areas Sunday night into Monday, suppressing daytime temperatures in places where slow to clear. 

"Later Monday and into Tuesday, freezing fog may become more widespread although confidence decreases. Some cloudier conditions are also expected to spread southwards and bring less cold conditions, but the speed of this progress is a little uncertain at present.

"An update will be issued when the alert level changes in any region. Alerts are issued once a day by 0900 if required and are not subject to amendment in between standard issue times. 

"Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force."

Met Office

"By Sunday we could be seeing unusually high barometer readings as it becomes much quieter but also somewhat colder, with frost and patchy fog at night.

"This weekend is looking much more settled as the high pressure comes in to play. It will be dry and sunny, with lighter winds. Fine for getting out, just chilly first thing but then it is January.

"Saturday looks fine and sunny. Temperatures of 4 to 7C, not too bad for where the winds are blowing lightly and the sun is shining. Cold again for Saturday night, with clear skies and hardly any wind we could see frosty areas.

"Sunday, is much the same as Saturday, nice sunny spells but feeling very chilly. Sunday night into Monday, the temperatures will drop off even more and there is a risk of frost for Monday morning.

"You'll be glad to know that this settled weather will be with us up until Wednesday but do remember that Tuesday and Wednesday nights the temperatures could drop as low as -4 in some areas, providing us with a wide spread frost."

Kernow Weather Team

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