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Extreme Red Weather warning issued for 3pm in South Wales

The Met Office have issued a “extreme weather” warning for snow and wind is in place for parts of South Wales from 3pm today.

Chief Superintendent Eddie Ough, head of South Wales Police specialist operations, said: “Our priority is to provide a 24/7 emergency service to the public of South Wales and we have plans in place to meet the additional demands placed upon us.

“As a force we are prepared for the prospect of bad weather and are working closely with other emergency services and partners to ensure the safety of our communities.”

Members of the public should consider whether or not their journey is absolutely necessary and to check the Traffic Wales website for updates on their route before leaving home.

Those who have to travel should make use of main roads and avoid less used routes. Motorists should allow extra time for their journey and ensure they keep an appropriate distance between them and the vehicle ahead.

Where travel is necessary, drivers should:
Allow extra time for the journey Research your route as there could be significant differences in conditions within short distances Ensure you have 100% visibility before setting off

  • Drive slowly
  • Make use of main roads and avoid less used routes
  • Allow enough distance between you and the vehicle ahead
  • Take a flask with a hot drink
  • Take warm clothing

The Red weather warning issued by the Met Office means you should take action to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

The Met Office has issued a statement saying “A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected. The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting.

“Some places could also see significant ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area.

“Long delays and cancellations of public transport seem highly likely. Some roads are likely to become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers.

“Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are very likely to occur, along with damage to trees and other structures due to heavy snow or ice.”

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