Heavy snow is forecast for Bath according to the Met Office, who have upgraded a yellow weather warning for the area to amber, advising locals that significant amounts of the white stuff is expected.
The Met Office upgraded their previous yellow weather warning to amber earlier this afternoon, saying there is the potential for a spell of snow, moving northwards over the South West on Thursday, to intensify and become heavy on Thursday afternoon/evening as it spreads north.
As it does so, some places could also see significant ice build up overnight into Friday.
This is likely to be accompanied by strengthening easterly winds. Long delays and cancellations to public transport could occur, whilst some roads may become blocked by deep snow, stranding vehicles and passengers. Long interruptions to power supplies and other utilities are also possible.
The Met Office’s Chief Forecaster said: “A weather system is expected to move slowly north through Thursday, intensifying and pushing north across the warning area from Thursday afternoon.
“As it comes into contact with the very cold air resident over the UK, it has potential to produce widespread snow, accompanied by strong to gale force winds. As less cold air follows from the south, there is a chance of snow turning to freezing rain bringing an additional significant ice risk.
“There is still uncertainty in how this system will develop, but there is a chance that the combined effects of snow, strong winds and ice will lead to severe impacts.”
The amber weather warning is in force from Thursday 1st March at 2pm, through to 8am on Friday 2nd.
A yellow weather warning has also been issued for Saturday 3rd, with strong winds and the potential for more snow between midnight on Friday through to midnight on Saturday.
We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest information on the upcoming weather here on our website, and on our Twitter and Facebook pages. You can also follow our hashtag #bathsnow for more information.