Louth area braces itself for more snow on Friday

The county council is preparing for the worst.
The county council is preparing for the worst.

Louth and the surrounding area is bracing itself for more than 5cm of snowfall on Friday afternoon, but it may not be as bad as first feared

The Met Office are forecasting a dry morning before widespread snow in the afternoon and evening.

During the morning rush hour temperatures should be around -3°C, warming up to -1°C in the afternoon, bringing the snowfall.

The Met Office have issued a weather warning for the East Midlands, for Friday, with snow looking ‘increasingly likely to spread from the south west’ with the likelihood of more than 5cm of snow, but not the 15cm that had been feared.

Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The snow is expected to be heaviest during Friday morning across Wales and the southern half of England.

“Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to peoples plans. We should follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities to help keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe in light of the forecast.”

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s severe weather team, said: “With the outlook remaining cold, drivers need to be prepared for possible disruption.

“Before heading out, check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports and allow a bit more time for your journey, as you don’t want to rush on potentially icy roads. Do the basic checks on your car and, in case of any problems, carry plenty of warm clothing, blankets, de-icer and scraper, some food, hot flask and a fully-charged mobile.”

Steve Crosthwaite, head of the Highways Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre, added: “We advise drivers to check road conditions and the Met Office weather forecast before they set off and during severe weather to consider whether their journey is essential. They may want to delay their travel until conditions improve and to allow our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads.

“Our traffic officers are working round the clock to monitor the network, deal with any incidents and keep traffic moving.”