SE­VERE SNOW WARN­ING

South Wales Echo - - FRONT PAGE - KATIE SANDS AND WILL HAYWARD news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

PARTS of South Wales could be see­ing snow this week af­ter the Met Of­fice is­sued a weather warn­ing.

A yel­low ‘be aware’ warn­ing for snow was is­sued yes­ter­day for ar­eas in­clud­ing Brid­gend, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Vale of Glam­or­gan.

The warn­ing is valid from mid­day on Thurs­day to mid­day on Fri­day.

Other parts of Wales have been is­sued with the warn­ing while parts of North Wales have been is­sued with a yel­low warn­ing of wind and snow.

Residents are ad­vised that cold northerly winds will bring oc­ca­sional snow show­ers through Thurs­day and into Fri­day, and are ad­vised to be aware of the po­ten­tial for dis­rup­tion to trans­port net­works.

Of the snow weather warn­ing for Thurs­day and Fri­day, the Met Of­fice’s chief fore­caster said: “A cold airstream will be in place by Thurs­day af­ter­noon, bring­ing oc­ca­sional snow show­ers 2-5cm of snow is pos­si­ble, with 10cm pos­si­ble above about 300m.”

Pub­lic Health Wales has is­sued ad­vice for stay­ing healthy and safe in colder weather, while com­muters are ad­vised to check to see if their jour­ney is af­fected.

Kris­tian James, en­vi­ron­men­tal pub­lic health spe­cial­ist at Pub­lic Health Wales, said: “Spells of cold weather can pose se­ri­ous health risks, caus­ing deaths ev­ery winter as well as in­juries from falls, and ill­nesses such as hy­pother­mia (where body tem­per­a­ture falls be­low nor­mal and the body fails to cope), heart at­tacks, res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases and flu.

“Every­one is vul­ner­a­ble to the im­pacts of cold weather but when it is un­usu­ally cold, we have par­tic­u­lar con­cern for older peo­ple, young chil­dren and peo­ple with pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions, as well as those whose health, hous­ing or eco­nomic cir­cum­stances put them at greater risk of harm.”

The spe­cial­ist ad­vises that a num­ber of sim­ple tips can be fol­lowed so peo­ple can protect them­selves in cold weather.

They in­clude get­ting the flu jab, keep­ing warm by dress­ing in lots of thin lay­ers, keep­ing homes heated to a min­i­mum of 18°C, eat­ing warm meals and drink­ing hot drinks, and stock­ing up on tinned and frozen food to re­duce the need for leav­ing the house.

“We’d also urge peo­ple to keep an eye out for el­derly friends, loved ones or neigh­bours who may be more vul­ner­a­ble to the cold”.

More ad­vice can be found at www. wales.nhs.uk/cold­weather.

A spokes­woman for Ar­riva Trains Wales said: “In con­junc­tion with Net­work Rail we mon­i­tor the weather fore­cast at least daily and if there is a high de­gree of con­fi­dence of snow we will pub­lish our plans as far in ad­vance as is pos­si­ble.

“If snow is fore­cast, we ask cus­tomers to check their jour­ney plans on our web­site www.ar­riva­train­swales.co.uk/check”.

Ex­treme weather could hit South Wales

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