Snow and ice in Nottingham: cold alert issued
Plunging temperatures could put vulnerable people in Nottingham at risk this week the Met Office has warned, prompting it to issue a cold weather alert.
The level two alert, calling for “Alert and readiness” from individuals, social and healthcare providers, has been triggered because there is at least a 60 per cent probability of cold temperatures, icy conditions and or snow this week.
The alert, which forms part of the national Cold Weather Plan, urges the public to check on vulnerable people and neighbours, and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks.
The public should also help ensure at-risk people are managing to heat their homes adequately.
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Meanwhile social and healthcare services should be working to ensure swift action to reduce harm from the upcoming cold spell.
People should factor the weather into their plans over the coming days, and those at risk of cold-related illnesses or falls should avoid exposing themselves to the bitter weather conditions.
Keep up with the weather forecast and ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, the Cold Weather Plan advises.
The Plan was introduced in 2011 to increase awareness of the effects of severe cold weather on health. The Met Office warns there is a strong link between the onset of cold weather and deaths from both heart attacks and respiratory illnesses.
In 2010/11 there were 23,700 more deaths in England between the months of December 2010 and March 2011 than were observed over the rest of the year.
Older people are particularly at risk as they do not feel the cold until their body temperature falls.
Cold temperatures can also cause physiological effects such as thicker blood, increase in blood pressure and tightening of the airways, making people who already have conditions such as chronic lung disease and asthma more vulnerable.
People with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) also have a significantly increased risk of ill-health and hospitalisation during periods of cold weather.
The cold weather alert is in place between 4pm today and 8am on Friday. A yellow weather warning of snow is in place alongside the cold alert in Nottingham, from 6pm today until 3am tomorrow.
A yellow warning of ice and amber warning of snow are in place tomorrow between 3am and midday.
Today is forecast to be sunny but windy, with gusts reaching speeds of up to 46mph. Nottingham could see showers and light snow overnight, and temperatures could feel as low as -6C.
The skies will most likely clear by around 3am tomorrow, but heavy snow is forecast from midday until around 3pm. Temperatures will continue to feel low until mid-afternoon, when they will feel slightly higher for a few hours.
Nottingham could see light showers overnight on Tuesday, followed by a clear Wednesday morning. A yellow weather warning of snow is in place between 9am and midnight on Wednesday, with temperatures feeling as low as -4C and wind gusts reaching speeds of up to 38mph.
Thursday and Friday are set to be clear and sunny but the Met Office warns it will feel very cold – temperatures could feel as low as -5C.