Thursday, March 21st 2013, 8:32 AM EDT
Issued at: 0817 on Thu 21 Mar 2013
There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 0800 on Thursday and 0600 on Monday in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust's emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.
Throughout the period, it is expected to be cold across northern areas, with temperature levels meeting the criteria, strong winds also giving a considerable chill. In addition, from Thursday night through into Saturday an area of rain, sleet and snow will spread from the southwest, bringing the likelihood of a significant snow event to areas from the Midlands northwestwards, particularly for inland areas, with even just a slight elevation. As the fronts retreat southwards through the weekend, southeastern areas will also turn colder, whilst southwest England also has an increased probability of cold weather criteria being reached.
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