Weather warning as snow is forecast for Devon
If you thought it was spring, think again... large parts of the Westcountry are likely to see snow, sleet and strong winds over the next few days, as colder weather moves back into the region.
A yellow-graded weather warning was issued by the Met Office yesterday for Sunday night and Monday, and covers most of Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Only parts of North Devon are likely to escape the worst of the weather.
The Exeter-based forecaster said: "Snow will be accompanied by a strong easterly wind which will accentuate the very cold feel. Accumulations of 3 to 5cm of snow could occur quite widely over southern counties, and the public are advised to be aware of this wintry hazard.
"A low pressure system moving up from the Atlantic will come up against the influx of cold air from the north, bringing persistent sleet and snow.
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"At the same time winds will increase, with gusts of up to 50mph on coasts and hills. At this stage there is uncertainty about the extent to which snow will settle on the recently warmed ground."
The yellow warning, the least serious of three grades, is valid from 8pm on Sunday to 9pm on Monday.
Steve Crosthwaite, head of the Highways Agency National Traffic Operations Centre, said: "Last week's milder weather only gave our fleet a couple of days off but you can expect to see the salt spreaders out in at least some places over the weekend."
It was announced yesterday that disruptions caused by extreme weather to the region's road and rail network are said to have cost Westcountry businesses £167 million.
Click here to see the weather forecast for Devon over the next five days.