Met Office upgrades Dorset snow alert to Amber
By NewsPipe | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 14:42
The Met Office has upgraded its snow alert for Dorset tomorrow from yellow to amber, while emergency services and local authorities issue warnings to travellers.
Snow is expected from 3am on Friday (18th Jan 2013) and it could continue to fall heavily throughout the day until around 9pm. Winds are expected to cause blizzard conditions on high ground.
Andy Page, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: ""Clearly there is the potential for significant disruption to peoples plans. We should follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities to help keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe in light of the forecast."
Darron Burness, head of the AA's severe weather team, said: "With the outlook remaining cold, drivers need to be prepared for possible disruption.
"Before heading out, check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports and allow a bit more time for your journey, as you don't want to rush on potentially icy roads. Do the basic checks on your car and, in case of any problems, carry plenty of warm clothing, blankets, de-icer and scraper, some food, hot flask and a fully-charged mobile."
Dorset Police tweeted: "Only drive when absolutely necessary when the conditions are poor due to ice and snow. #dorsetwinter"