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Snow Joke: More snow could be on the way as weather warning issued

A yellow weather warning for heavy snow and ICE has been issued by the Met Office for the Melton area starting on Monday night.

There was originally a weather warning in place for this weekend but that has now been withdrawn by the Met Office, leading to a new, 3 day weather warning instead. Tomorrow's forecast is for low temperatures but no rain, sleet or snow.

St Mary's Church in the snow last weekend. Photo: NEMM

The warning comes in to force at 9pm on Monday evening and is valid until 23:45 on Wednesday meaning more heavy snow could be heading for Melton & The Vale.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast from late Monday, bringing difficult travel conditions."

Snow last weekend caused problems on local roads with many people getting stuck on major roads including the A607 Leicester Road at Kirby Bellars and the A606 Burton Road in Melton near the train station and in Burton Lazars.

Heavy snow caused lots of issues when it fell across an 8 hour downpour last weekend. Photo: NEMM

Leicestershire & Rutland 4x4 Response were also kept busy rescuing people trapped in the snow and helping transport emergency workers to work.

The weather warning which comes in to effect on Monday night. Photo: Met Office.

The yellow weather warning is in force for most of Central England and warns of:

  • Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, with bus and train services potentially delayed or cancelled. Some road closures and longer journey times are possible

  • Possible delays or cancellations air travel

  • Some rural communities could become cut off

  • Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected

  • A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

  • Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable

Jason Kelly is a Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist. Commenting on the forecast from Sunday and into next week, he said: “On Sunday we see another weather front bringing rain and snow east and north across the UK, but the most significant event in the forecast is a feature from late Monday evening, which threatens to bring rainfall across a swathe of the UK from the south and west.

"In the colder air to the north of this system the rainfall will readily turn to snow or even freezing rain, affecting a large part of England and Wales north of the M4 corridor. A warning, in force from 9pm on Monday to just before midnight on Wednesday, highlights the risk of 1-4cm of snowfall quite widely, with up to 10cm accumulating on higher ground above 150m.

"The risk of freezing rain will be an additional threat across parts of eastern Wales and the west and south Midlands. Snow should turn back to rain lasting longest across parts of northern England.”

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Leicestershire & Rutland 4x4 Response helping our stranded motorists. Photo: L&R 4x4 Response.

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