From our files: A picturesque view of Hempstead Lane, Uckfield, in the snow

Snow knocking on Uckfield’s door

Disruptive snow falls could hit Uckfield this week.

The Met Office has issued warnings for people to be aware of the risk and to make plans.

It has issued an amber warning for Tuesday and Wednesday, although at the moment Uckfield is outside but on the fringe of the affected area. There is still, however, a yellow warning for snow.

Uckfield Line train operator, Southern, has given advance notice that services may be affected.

The company said that, due to predicted snow and icy conditions, they may run a reduced or altered service from Tuesday morning.

If this is implemented, they aim to advertise this from tomorrow.

SNOW WARNINGS

Here are the snow warnings for the next few days  from the Met Office and for London and the South East region.

Tomorrow, Monday, February 26
From 4am to 10.30am

Snow showers overnight will lead to longer journey times on some roads and railways.

Chief Forecaster’s assessment

At this stage snow showers will be mostly light but may produce 1 to 2 cm [less than one inch] in places in time for the Monday morning rush hour.

From 2pm to midnight

Snow showers, already affecting eastern parts of England early on Monday, are expected to become more persistent and more widespread through Monday afternoon and evening.

There is the potential for travel delays on roads, stranding of some vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

Some rural communities could become cut off.

Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.

Chief Forecaster’s assessment

Snow showers, which will have been affecting eastern areas of England from Sunday night, are likely to become heavier, more frequent and more widespread through Monday afternoon. There is the potential for accumulations of 5-10 cm [2 to 4ins] in places, whilst nearby locations may see much less frequent showers and only small accumulations of 0-2 cm [up to 0.75ins] 

Tuesday, February 27
from 4am to 11am

For amber warning areas: Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday, accompanied by low temperatures.

The heaviest, most persistent snow looks likely to cross the area during the morning.

There is a likelihood of travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

Some rural communities could become cut off.

Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.

Chief Forecaster’s assessment:

Further snow showers are expected through Tuesday, with the likelihood that a more organised band of snow will push southwest during the morning, bringing 5 to 10 cm [2 to 4ins] of snow in places in just a few hours.

Strong winds may lead to driving of lying snow (and severe wind chill), especially over hills.

*There is a yellow warning of snow for the whole day.

Wednesday, February 28
for all day

Heavy snow showers are expected on Wednesday.

There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

Some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.

Chief Forecaster’s assessment:

Showers will bring a large variation in amounts of snow across even small areas with some places seeing very little snow.

There is the potential for 10-15 cm [4 to 6ins] of snow in places where showers become more frequent whilst nearby locations may see much less frequent showers and only small accumulations of 1-3 cm [up to just over 1in] in places.

Strong winds will lead to drifting of snow, and lightning could be an additional hazard, particularly near North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel coasts.

By the end of Wednesday, more than 20 cm may have accumulated in places in some eastern counties of England, Scotland and Norther Ireland from a culmination of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s snow showers.

UckfieldNews.com says: 

There is less certainty for later in the week, especially in the south.  Some computers which “model” the weather are indicating warmer with rain; while others say the cold will hang on with the possibility of blizzards. At the moment, Uckfield is not covered by any weather warnings for Thursday, March 1, although a warning area is to the west and covers the Isle of Wight.

We will be updating this story and publishing new ones as the weather develops.

Weather warnings explained (from the Met Office):

  • Yellow:  Severe weather is possible over the next few days and could affect you. Yellow means that you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day to day activities. The Met Office is monitoring the developing weather situation and Yellow means keep an eye on the latest forecast and be aware that the weather may change or worsen, leading to disruption of your plans in the next few days.
  • Amber: There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property. Amber means you need to be prepared to change your plans and protect you, your family and community from the impacts of the severe weather based on the forecast from the Met Office
  • Red: Extreme weather is expected. Red 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.

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