It’s not over yet – more snow is heading our way

Three-year-old Finley Harvey gets a push from his mum Phillipa in Croyland Park, Wellingborough, on Sunday
Three-year-old Finley Harvey gets a push from his mum Phillipa in Croyland Park, Wellingborough, on Sunday
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More snow is on the way as temperatures are expected to plummet across the county.

Weather forecasters are predicting up to 10cms of snow will fall across Northamptonshire tonight and tomorrow.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the East Midlands, warning drivers to take extra care in icy and snowy conditions.

Forecasters from Pitsford Hall Weather Station say temperatures will scarcely get above freezing over the next couple of days, with prolonged snowfall turning to sleet or freezing rain tomorrow night.

It comes after last weekend’s snow fall caused disruptions for drivers, 1,000 extra calls for East Midlands Ambulance Service, and more than 200 calls to Northamptonshire Police over snowball-related incidents.

Gritters were out on the county’s roads from 9am this morning on all priority one and two routes.

WEATHER REPORT FROM PITSFORD HALL WEATHER STATION

It’s another cold picture across the county this morning with temperatures widely below freezing.

It is likely to remain grey throughout the day with mist and fog slow to clear.

Temperatures this afternoon will probably remain around freezing.

Cloud amounts will tend to thicken from the north this evening eventually bringing snow showers, light at first but becoming heavier later in the night.

Several centimetres of accumulation is likely, enough to cause some disruption to travel.

Temperatures are unlikely to change overnight, remaining at or close to freezing. Winds today will remain light and from the south or south-west.

So there is the potential for disruption to travel during the morning rush hour tomorrow.

Snowfall is expected to continue for the first part of the morning becoming progressively lighter, finally clearing westwards by the afternoon.

Temperatures will climb to around 2C during the afternoon introducing a slight thaw, although as temperatures drop to around -4C overnight, ice will become a widespread hazard.

Winds will be light to gentle and from the south.

A mostly dry day will follow on Saturday, although there will be a fair amount of cloud around.

As temperatures climb to around 2C there will be a slight thaw, although overnight we could see cloud amounts thickening to introduce some snow showers followed by freezing rain with lows hovering around 0C.

Winds will be light and variable.

As for Sunday, continuing cold and rather grey with showers of rain turning increasingly to sleet during the afternoon.

A spokesman for the county’s highways authority, Northamptonshire County Council, said: “Since Friday, February 3, our crews have carried out nine gritting runs throughout the county, using just under 1,700 tonnes of gritting salt.

“The weather forecast is being monitored and preparations made ready for the anticipated snowfall on Friday.”

Shasha Khan, owner of the Hind Hotel in Wellingborough, said his business had faced much disruption due to the freezing conditions.

He said: “We have been very fortunate in that we have not been affected so far by any cancellations and our boiler is still going.”

The NHS, Age Concern UK and Northamptonshire County Council will spend £250,000 to help reduce the number of preventable cold weather deaths among the 48,000 people in Northamptonshire aged 75 or over and 632 people who are homeless or sleeping rough.

Winter packs will be handed out to the older people or homeless who are most at risk.

Liam Condron, Age UK Northamptonshire’s chief officer, said: “Cold weather and fuel poverty can cause misery, avoidable illness and even death for too many older people, leading to distress and adding to the workload of healthcare providers.”