1, 2018 SNOW
snow is falling across Burnham-On-Sea area with red Met Office warning
snow is falling across the Burnham-On-Sea area, with a Met Office
red warning remaining in force this evening (Thursday).
to 20 centimetres of snow could fall in the Burnham area by the
end of Friday - and Police are urging drivers not to use local roads.
winds and sub-zero temperatures are creating treacherous conditions
across the area. After freeezing rain overnight, more snow is forecast
on Friday afternoon.
main roads have been gritted, side roads in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
are not salted and are covered by snow and ice, creating dangerous
Panic buying at stores: Supermarkets in Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge reported 'panic buying' of essentials - full
Local schools closed on Friday March 2nd will be
Berrow Primary, Brent Knoll School, Burnham on Sea Infants School,
Churchfield in Highbridge, East Brent Academy, East Huntspill, King
Alfred School in Highbridge, Mark First & Pre School Academy,
Pawlett Primary, St Andrews in Burnham, St Josephs, Kings of Wessex
Academy, Wedmore First School Academy and West Huntspill.
Points West weather forecaster Ian Fergusson says the Burnham-On-Sea
area could see snowfall accumulating to between 5cm-20+cm of snow,
as shown on the map.
says there are "varied uncertainties about the exact amount
of snow" and adds that freeezing rain could also be an added
danger, creating hazardous road and pavement conditions in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area.
Met Office says temperatures won't rise above freezing all day across
the Burnham-On-Sea area, but the wind-chill will make it feel more
have been icy scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week as a long
line of ice and slush has been left along the high tide line. The
bitterly cold temperatures sank in Burnham to -5C overnight and
the windchill is making it feel closer to -10C.
bad weather has led to several public events being postponed:
of Burnham-On-Sea Beach Clean has been postponed due to the poor
The planned litter pick for the Great British Spring Clean was cancelled
on Friday at Apex Park. The rearranged date will be announced soon.
The Burnham-On-Sea Women's World Day of Prayer which was to be held
on Friday at the Catholic Church has been postponed until Friday
23rd March due to the severe weather.
the meteorological start of spring was today - Thursday 1st March
- but flower displays like this one in Burnham-On-Sea are looking
temperatures falling, Somerset County Council says it is making
sure it is ready to cope and keep disruption to a minimum.
of main roads across the Burnham-On-Sea will take place, but side
roads may well be slippery.
of the council, Councillor David Fothergill, says: "Of course
we dont know how bad conditions will be but we are geared
up and well-prepared to make sure its business as usual
so far as possible."
like to thank in advance the staff who will be going the extra mile
to keep any disruption to a minimum. We have great working relationships
with our partners and providers and that is really important when
it comes to working together in difficult conditions."
Health England said it is "critical" to keep an eye on
anyone over 65, young children or people with heart or lung conditions.
Icy conditions at Apex Park in Highbridge this week
Thomas Waite, of PHEs Extreme Events team, said: "With
more cold and for some snow on the way, now is the time to think
ahead. Consider what you need to stock up on, do you need food or
essential supplies such as medicines? It may be harder for some
people to get out later this week when more snow arrives, so if
you know someone at risk, someone with heart or lung conditions,
young children or who is over 65, please take the time to check
and see if theres anything they need."
remember that we are not all used to temperatures like this so keep
homes heated to at least 18 degrees. If youre able to clear
paths of snow or ice, do so. Everyone should keep up to date with
weather forecasts so youre not caught out. Staying well in
conditions like this can be a challenge, so if you can check on
someone whose health may be at risk, please do."
Icy scenes on Burnham-On-Sea beach this week
Met Office has warned that there could be delays and cancellations
to public transport. It has also cautioned that there could be interruptions
to power supplies and other utilities. The amber weather warning
covers Burnham-On-Sea, Highbridge, Brent Knoll, Brean and the Huntspills
in our area.
weather is due to become slightly milder from Sunday onwards, with
5-6C daytime temperatures for the Burnham-On-Sea area by Monday.