Sunday Weather Warning

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Sunday Weather Warning

Just a quick update here regarding the risk of snow on Sunday for some southern parts of the North West England region.

From the small hours of Sunday, thickening cloud will eventually bring rain — which in many places will turn increasingly to sleet and snow to Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire — with the risk of disruptive snow having now shifted a little further south. In broad terms, the further south in the region you are, the higher the risk of heavy snow.

To highlight this on-going risk of wintry hazards, a Met Office Amber Warning for Snow has been updated and now covers much of Cheshire and southern Merseyside.

This Warning is valid from 0400 until 1800 on Sunday — and brings a Medium Likelihood of Medium Impacts.

Precise locations of where the heaviest snow amounts will occur could vary widely in the Amber Warning area, 10cm of snow could fall widely, with up to 15cm to 20cm in one or two locations — especially on higher ground.

Impacts from the snow mean that road, rail and air travel delays are likely, as well as the stranding of vehicles and public transport cancellations. There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off.

Northern Merseyside, Greater Manchester, north Cheshire and the southern half of Lancashire are outside the Amber Warning area but could also see wintry weather — and a Met Office Yellow Warning for Snow remains in force on Sunday for these locations.

This Warning is still valid from 0400 until 2355 and brings a Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts.

Within the Yellow Warning area for Snow — and as a guide, we could see between 1cm and 5cm of snow possible quite widely. Up to 10 cm is possible in places, especially on higher ground.

Meanwhile — and further north, the continuing feed of wintry showers from off the Irish Sea, means that a Met Office Yellow Warning for Snow and Ice has been issued for western areas of Cumbria. This Warning brings a Low Likelihood of Medium Impacts — and is valid from 1800 on Saturday until 1200 Sunday.

Weather conditions generally stay unsettled through next week but very gradually turns less cold. This is reflected in the Cold Weather Alert Level 3 for the East Midlands, which remains in place until 0600 Wednesday 13th December 2017.

Further details on any updates to the Warnings will be provided as and when required — but as ever, please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast and Warning on Hazard Manager, the Met Office App or Met Office website.

See the map attached below which may help as a guide for possible snowfall totals on Sunday

winter map