SEVERE SNOW WARNING
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”.
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