Met Office warns of four inches of snow in south Essex

Echo: Met Office warns of four inches of snow in south Essex Met Office warns of four inches of snow in south Essex

THE big freeze is set to continue with up to four inches of snow predicted to fall in south Essex on Friday.

The Met Office has issued a warning that explains blizzards are a possibility with snow spreading into the region from the south west on Friday, January 18 and into the weekend.

The warning, which is on the Met Office website, states there is potential for “severe disruption”.

It says: “Though currently there is a good deal of uncertainty about intensity of snow and how quickly it will turn to rain in the southwest.

“The public should be aware of the risk of significant travel disruption affecting the west in the morning and the east in the afternoon.”

Tom Defty, spokesman for the Chelmsford-based Essex Weather Centre, said temperatures in Basildon were down to -4 on Tuesday night, January 15 and -3 in Southend - figures which he said are “fairly rare”.

Elsewhere in Essex plunging temperatures of -10 and -11 were recorded in Braintree and Harwich respectively.

However, today, Wednesday, Southend is one of the mildest areas in the county with temperatures sitting just above freezing, but Mr Defty said that is still seven degrees below the normal average.

The entire country is currently on a level three cold weather alert - the highest is level four which represents a national emergency.

Elsewhere in the UK an extra ten inches of snow is forecast to fall over the weekend.

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4:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

jaguarxxv says...

The Met Office - now officially a fully paid up member of the nanny state.

Rather than get caught out like they have in the past, they now exaggerate, give strong warnings about things that don't happen. Potenial for severe disruption - well that's a given - Snow hazard - beware!!
The Met Office - now officially a fully paid up member of the nanny state. Rather than get caught out like they have in the past, they now exaggerate, give strong warnings about things that don't happen. Potenial for severe disruption - well that's a given - Snow hazard - beware!! jaguarxxv

5:37pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

don't worry though we've been reassured n this very website a week or so ago that Essex CC are all revved up to send the gritters out to cope with whatever the winter sends us.


Sweepstake on total traffic meltdown anyone?
don't worry though we've been reassured n this very website a week or so ago that Essex CC are all revved up to send the gritters out to cope with whatever the winter sends us. Sweepstake on total traffic meltdown anyone? Eric Whim

5:48pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Nebs says...

Great news. A day off work with full pay. A day off school.
Great news. A day off work with full pay. A day off school. Nebs

7:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

lucy10 says...

my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins
my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins lucy10

9:13pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Chuck another log on the fire, soon be in Goa, though with this weather, I'm looking forward to the highway pantomimes, more fun than than gambling....
Chuck another log on the fire, soon be in Goa, though with this weather, I'm looking forward to the highway pantomimes, more fun than than gambling.... Carnabackable

9:17pm Wed 16 Jan 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

its not good for business but fun for the kids...we will survive it we always do, would like to see side roads get some attention though AND more residents clearing the sections outside their homes and business/shops doing the same its not compulsory i know...but every little helps....whoops stolen from Tesco.
its not good for business but fun for the kids...we will survive it we always do, would like to see side roads get some attention though AND more residents clearing the sections outside their homes and business/shops doing the same its not compulsory i know...but every little helps....whoops stolen from Tesco. DogsMessInLeigh

11:18pm Wed 16 Jan 13

EthanEdwards says...

Nebs wrote:
Great news. A day off work with full pay. A day off school.
Nope normal day 75 mile commute. Days off are for wimps.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: Great news. A day off work with full pay. A day off school.[/p][/quote]Nope normal day 75 mile commute. Days off are for wimps. EthanEdwards

11:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

EthanEdwards says...

Course that will be by 4wd with winter tyres.....
Course that will be by 4wd with winter tyres..... EthanEdwards

2:27am Thu 17 Jan 13

Alan Jacobs says...

lucy10 wrote:
my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins
I can give her 7
[quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins[/p][/quote]I can give her 7 Alan Jacobs

10:34am Thu 17 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

Alan Jacobs wrote:
lucy10 wrote:
my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins
I can give her 7
I've got a twelve incher or two
[quote][p][bold]Alan Jacobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins[/p][/quote]I can give her 7[/p][/quote]I've got a twelve incher or two Eric Whim

12:56pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Hannah Foster says...

Alan Jacobs wrote:
lucy10 wrote:
my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins
I can give her 7
Seven would be great. Ten just gets messy.
[quote][p][bold]Alan Jacobs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lucy10[/bold] wrote: my wife is gowing up north this weekend she wants 10 ins[/p][/quote]I can give her 7[/p][/quote]Seven would be great. Ten just gets messy. Hannah Foster

12:59pm Thu 17 Jan 13

stillsy says...

jaguarxxv wrote:
The Met Office - now officially a fully paid up member of the nanny state.

Rather than get caught out like they have in the past, they now exaggerate, give strong warnings about things that don't happen. Potenial for severe disruption - well that's a given - Snow hazard - beware!!
If you look at the met office website the warning just covers the south west of Essex - and even then their warning isn't that serious

I think its more a case of the Echo scaremongering
[quote][p][bold]jaguarxxv[/bold] wrote: The Met Office - now officially a fully paid up member of the nanny state. Rather than get caught out like they have in the past, they now exaggerate, give strong warnings about things that don't happen. Potenial for severe disruption - well that's a given - Snow hazard - beware!![/p][/quote]If you look at the met office website the warning just covers the south west of Essex - and even then their warning isn't that serious I think its more a case of the Echo scaremongering stillsy

4:01pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

stillsy wrote:
jaguarxxv wrote:
The Met Office - now officially a fully paid up member of the nanny state.

Rather than get caught out like they have in the past, they now exaggerate, give strong warnings about things that don't happen. Potenial for severe disruption - well that's a given - Snow hazard - beware!!
If you look at the met office website the warning just covers the south west of Essex - and even then their warning isn't that serious

I think its more a case of the Echo scaremongering
Get ready to eat those ten inches.... hat
[quote][p][bold]stillsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jaguarxxv[/bold] wrote: The Met Office - now officially a fully paid up member of the nanny state. Rather than get caught out like they have in the past, they now exaggerate, give strong warnings about things that don't happen. Potenial for severe disruption - well that's a given - Snow hazard - beware!![/p][/quote]If you look at the met office website the warning just covers the south west of Essex - and even then their warning isn't that serious I think its more a case of the Echo scaremongering[/p][/quote]Get ready to eat those ten inches.... hat Carnabackable

7:57am Fri 18 Jan 13

rodgdodge says...

Will the £25 cold weather payment be activated down here. The weather station is at Landwick, Foulness.? London 5 day met office forecast around freezing for next 5 days at least!
Will the £25 cold weather payment be activated down here. The weather station is at Landwick, Foulness.? London 5 day met office forecast around freezing for next 5 days at least! rodgdodge

4:36pm Fri 18 Jan 13

morbeous says...

well the snow hasnt come
well the snow hasnt come morbeous

5:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Nebs says...

morbeous wrote:
well the snow hasnt come
According to the BBC weather website it has been snowing in Southend since 4pm and will continue all night. Maybe it is just my road where it isn't snowing.
[quote][p][bold]morbeous[/bold] wrote: well the snow hasnt come[/p][/quote]According to the BBC weather website it has been snowing in Southend since 4pm and will continue all night. Maybe it is just my road where it isn't snowing. Nebs

7:17pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pez1972 says...

We have sod all in Basildon, sky weather says it has been snowing from 1pm!
We have sod all in Basildon, sky weather says it has been snowing from 1pm! pez1972

8:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

southendmike says...

It's snowing VERY lightly here in Eastwood (2030)
It's snowing VERY lightly here in Eastwood (2030) southendmike

10:34pm Fri 18 Jan 13

runwellian says...

Not very good at prediciting are they, where is the snow, even a flake would be nice?
Not very good at prediciting are they, where is the snow, even a flake would be nice? runwellian

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