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AUDIO: Warning issued as temperatures plummet

AUDIO: Warning issued as temperatures plummet

Published at 12:56pm 14th January 2016. (Updated at 3:05pm 14th January 2016)

Snow has fallen in many parts of Yorkshire and the harsh conditions have prompted a severe weather warning.

The Met Office issues a Level 3 alert when there is heavy snow, widespread ice and average temperatures of 2C or below.

Dr Mike Gent, from Public Health England in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "The Met Office says that many places are going to feel really cold for the next few days, which may be a bit of a shock after our recent milder weather, so it's really important people take extra care when out and about.

"It's worth remembering that while most outdoor slips, trips and falls in weather like this are of those who are of working age, accidents can happen to anyone.

"If you're staying indoors, have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm. Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are over 65, and check weather forecasts and plan your day around them.

"Also, take some time to think about how the bad weather may affect your friends and family, particularly if they are older or very young or have pre-existing health conditions. These groups can be particularly vulnerable. Remember that older people may not go outside to the shops, to hospital appointments and so on when weather is bad, so think what you could do to help them.

"Although most of our advice on keeping warm and well in cold weather may seem like common sense, it's important to remember that cold kills, even in places where the temperatures aren't at their lowest."

There is more advice on staying warm and well at www.nhs.uk/staywell

Weather watch

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for ice and strong winds in Yorkshire.

Paul Gundersen, Chief Operational Meteorologist, said: "It will turn much colder for all parts of England over the next few days. Spells of sleet and snow at the start of the period will become increasingly confined to the North Sea coast and hills, giving way to cold, crisp days and sharp overnight frosts with a risk of ice. Frosts may also be severe at times, particularly where there is lying snow.

"As winds fall light, there is an increasing risk of freezing fog patches forming overnight, and locally where this freezing fog lingers, temperatures may stay sub-zero all day. The cold weather currently looks like lasting into the early part of next week, with a trend towards less cold conditions during the second half of next week."

You can get the latest updates at www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings

Safe winter driving

Ice and heavy snow is making conditions difficult on some roads.

David Clark, Driver Training Officer at North Yorkshire County Council, has some tips on how to drive safely:

Preparing for power cuts

Northern Powergrid is urging everyone to be prepared and check on vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives.

Kelly Graham, Head of Customer Service, said: "Investment in our network means power cuts are not a regular occurrence, but we do understand that if a power cut happens during the winter months it has a greater impact for our customers.

"Winter weather means people's homes cool down much quicker, it becomes darker much earlier, and for those with medical conditions, a disability, reduced mobility or parents of very young children, a power cut can be more challenging.

"We want our customers to know how to report a power cut and what advice and support we can offer to help them manage while our engineers work to restore their power."

More information and advice is available at www.northernpowergrid.com