Update: Met Office downgrades Cumbria snow alert

Update: Met Office downgrades Cumbria snow alert

Update: Met Office downgrades Cumbria snow alert

Update: Met Office downgrades Cumbria snow alert

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

FORECASTERS have downgraded a weather warning they issued for Cumbria as the heaviest snowfall of the winter arrives in the UK.

On Wednesday, the Met Office put out an 'amber' warning - the second highest alert it uses - for South Cumbria, saying blizzard conditions and up to 25cm of snow could hit the region on Friday.

Weather maps clearly showed the southern half of the county lying in the path of heavy snowfall.

But today, the Met Office lowered this warning to a 'yellow' alert, as maps indicated the snow band would sit slightly lower across the British Isles than previously thought.

The worst of the wintry blast is now expected to hit Wales, the Midlands, the south and parts of the North West.

However, this doesn't mean Cumbria will escape completely.

In the amended forecast, weather experts say 'yellow warning' areas could still see snow accumulations of between 2cm-5cm.

Other parts of the North West remain on amber alert.

Winds are also likely to strengthen as daytime temperatures struggle to get higher than zero.

The yellow alert is effective between 1am and 11.55pm on Friday (January 18).

People have been urged to monitor weather reports and be prepared to alter their travel plans.

Cumbria County Council's gritters are on stand-by.

Cumbria’s public health experts also issued a warning and asked people to look out for vulnerable friends and relatives.

Dr Rebecca Wagstaff, Cumbria’s deputy director of public health, said: “We know that in the winter a higher number of people die in Cumbria than at other times of the year due to the colder weather.

“We’re trying to remind people to prepare for this cold spell and not forget the more vulnerable people living in our communities. 

“We need older people and those who have long-term conditions to make sure they keep taking their medication and have sufficient supplies so that they don’t need to go out for more during the cold spell. 

“I would urge people also to be good neighbours and make sure the people they live near, especially ones who are older or suffering from serious illness, are safe and well this winter. 

“Vulnerable older people are more susceptible to the cold‚ so a quick visit to ensure everyone is warm and well can make all the difference."

Last month, Cumbria County Council launched a new online map and Twitter service so that people can keep track of gritting plans during the winter months.

It is updated each lunchtime to show which roads the council’s in-house fleet of gritters intend to treat that evening and overnight.

The map can be viewed on the council's website at http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/gritting/default.asp

Keep visiting The Westmorland Gazette website for the latest weather and travel news.

As part of our Grit Watch campaign, you can also use this page to let us know if roads in your area have not been gritted, or if salt bins are empty.

If you spot a problem, email newsdesk@kendal.newsquest.co.uk or tweet us using the hashtag #WGgrit

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5:00pm Wed 16 Jan 13

craggy says...

Who's going to be first in accusing everybody of panicking over a bit of snow or complain about the gritting?
Who's going to be first in accusing everybody of panicking over a bit of snow or complain about the gritting? craggy
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1:38pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Samlock says...

craggy wrote:
Who's going to be first in accusing everybody of panicking over a bit of snow or complain about the gritting?
Come on people stop panicking it's only a bit of snow...!

......

Bloody gritters blocking up the road and making my car all messy again.

That enough for ya? :)
[quote][p][bold]craggy[/bold] wrote: Who's going to be first in accusing everybody of panicking over a bit of snow or complain about the gritting?[/p][/quote]Come on people stop panicking it's only a bit of snow...! ...... Bloody gritters blocking up the road and making my car all messy again. That enough for ya? :) Samlock
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5:03pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Cas220 says...

Well according to the Met Office we're only expecting a few hours of 'light snow' after 8am.....
Well according to the Met Office we're only expecting a few hours of 'light snow' after 8am..... Cas220
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7:31pm Thu 17 Jan 13

wezzyk says...

Re: Cas220...
I saw that, its a bit worrying when professional forecasters put information out for the public to take note of and the media decide to go and completely make it up and create a panic. I suppose it is good for sledge sales though as i saw a few people buying them today.

I wonder if the gazette could publish give us the link to the website that says South Cumbria is on Amber alert?

I would like to have a look at the severity of this snow we are expecting.
Re: Cas220... I saw that, its a bit worrying when professional forecasters put information out for the public to take note of and the media decide to go and completely make it up and create a panic. I suppose it is good for sledge sales though as i saw a few people buying them today. I wonder if the gazette could publish give us the link to the website that says South Cumbria is on Amber alert? I would like to have a look at the severity of this snow we are expecting. wezzyk
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7:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

wezzyk says...

Just followed the Gazette website weather to a website using the Met office as a source and found that the Met office currently shows no weather warnings for North West of England.

Met office North West England...

http://www.metoffice
.gov.uk/public/weath
er/warnings/#?tab=ma
p&map=Warnings&zoom=
7&lon=-2.54&lat=53.7
0&fcTime=1358596800&
regionName=nw
Just followed the Gazette website weather to a website using the Met office as a source and found that the Met office currently shows no weather warnings for North West of England. Met office North West England... http://www.metoffice .gov.uk/public/weath er/warnings/#?tab=ma p&map=Warnings&zoom= 7&lon=-2.54&lat=53.7 0&fcTime=1358596800& regionName=nw wezzyk
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9:07pm Thu 17 Jan 13

zaney5 says...

wezzyk wrote:
Re: Cas220...
I saw that, its a bit worrying when professional forecasters put information out for the public to take note of and the media decide to go and completely make it up and create a panic. I suppose it is good for sledge sales though as i saw a few people buying them today.

I wonder if the gazette could publish give us the link to the website that says South Cumbria is on Amber alert?

I would like to have a look at the severity of this snow we are expecting.
BBC have no snow showing for us either. Bizarre! Mind you, I hear the panic buyers were out in force in Asda today!
[quote][p][bold]wezzyk[/bold] wrote: Re: Cas220... I saw that, its a bit worrying when professional forecasters put information out for the public to take note of and the media decide to go and completely make it up and create a panic. I suppose it is good for sledge sales though as i saw a few people buying them today. I wonder if the gazette could publish give us the link to the website that says South Cumbria is on Amber alert? I would like to have a look at the severity of this snow we are expecting.[/p][/quote]BBC have no snow showing for us either. Bizarre! Mind you, I hear the panic buyers were out in force in Asda today! zaney5
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9:08pm Thu 17 Jan 13

zaney5 says...

BTW - the link to the gritting map in the news story doesn't work.
BTW - the link to the gritting map in the news story doesn't work. zaney5
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11:50pm Thu 17 Jan 13

cobbler1 says...

I don't think you can be critical of the Gazette as they were using infomation that was issued publicly by the Met office.An amber warning was deployed for North West England yesterday which included South Lakeland for heavy snow.They were only doing their duty to inform the public of possible disruption to services and transport etc...Today it became apparent that the Met office were wrong in the exact location of the very heavy snow and changed the warnings.
I don't think you can be critical of the Gazette as they were using infomation that was issued publicly by the Met office.An amber warning was deployed for North West England yesterday which included South Lakeland for heavy snow.They were only doing their duty to inform the public of possible disruption to services and transport etc...Today it became apparent that the Met office were wrong in the exact location of the very heavy snow and changed the warnings. cobbler1
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7:36am Fri 18 Jan 13

Offcomer 1978 says...

Not much snow overnight in the Windermere area :(
Not much snow overnight in the Windermere area :( Offcomer 1978
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