Red Weather Warning

The Met Office issued a ‘red warning of wind and snow’ affecting the R&M area from 15:00 on 1 March until 02:00 on the following day.  This is the first time that a weather warning of this level of severity has been issued for the area.

The full text reads:

“A spell of heavy snow and blizzard conditions is expected.  The snow will be accompanied by very strong easterly winds leading to severe drifting.  Some places could also see significant ice build up due to freezing rain from later on Thursday evening, most likely in the south of the area.

A red warning means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.”

Click here for the full picture, sourced from the Met Office app.  This is what happened when Storm Emma met the Beast from the East and R&M had 25cm of snow, the largest snowfall since January 1982.