The country’s official weather forecaster has issued a snow and ice warning for the south east of the UK that includes Brighton and Hove. The Met Office issued the ‘yellow’, severe weather warning for a 14-hour period beginning at 8pm yesterday evening (Sunday 4 February).
The Met Office define the yellow weather warning as a threat of severe weather possible over the next few days that might affect ordinary people. People are advised to plan ahead and consider potential travel delays or change to everyday activities. The yellow warning is generally to mean you should keep an eye on the latest forecast, and be aware that the weather may change or worsen in the next few days.
Any snow that falls is likely to be on higher ground, such as the outlying suburbs, and not in the city. North easterly winds at speeds of about 20 knots are also expected.
The warning said: “Wintry showers are expected to affect south east England through Sunday night and Monday morning.
“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services.
“Some icy patches are likely to develop on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”
The chief forecaster said: “Scattered rain, sleet and snow showers are expected to be most frequent across Kent and East Sussex during Sunday evening.
“Showers are likely to fall as rain along eastern coasts but inland locally 1cm to 3cm of snow could accumulate, mainly over hills above 100 metres.”
Public Health England said earlier today: “From now until 9am on Friday 9 February Public Health England has declared a ‘level 3 cold alert’.
“There is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow between 9am on Sunday 4 Feb and 9am on Friday 9 February in parts of England.
“This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
“Scattered sleet and snow showers are likely at times in Sussex.”
This weather is only expected to have a low impact on the city, however health chiefs have urged people to look after their vulnerable neighbours, friends and family, checking how they are over the coming week.
The council’s severe weather shelter for rough sleepers will be open tonight in response to the predicted cold weather. The shelter is open to all homeless people and is run by Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), who work with our street outreach service run by St Mungo’s. Find out more at http://ow.ly/WiuE30h8Q9P