Taunton snow eases but ice danger forecast as big freeze hits Somerset
By abbie_taunton | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:45
The worst of the Somerset snowfall is set to come to an end, but ice could cause hazardous conditions lasting several days, forecasters say.
Taunton roads are likely to be slippery and dangerous over the next few days
Up to 10cm of snow fell over Somerset yesterday evening leaving many roads dangerous and impassable.
The snowfall is set to cease, according to forecasters, however they are warning people to prepare for ice disruption lasting several days.
A severe amber alert for snow was put in place by the Met Office last night, but earlier this morning it was downgraded to a still severe yellow warning for ice.
Met Office chief forecaster Paul Gundersen said: "Tuesday night's heavy snow across parts of the south looks like being the last of the heavy snow for a while, with just light flurries around on Wednesday.
"The weather will stay very cold, but mostly dry through the rest of the week with severe frosts and patchy fog at night continuing to make it very icy.
"Everyone should continue to be aware of severe weather over the next few days and should plan ahead to take account of possible travel delays or disruption."
The AA's head of special operations, Darron Burness, said: "With freezing conditions set to continue until the weekend, ice is going to be the biggest ongoing hazard over the next few days.
"Even if your car's thermometer shows the air temperature above freezing, bear in mind that the ground takes longer to thaw out, so ice is still a risk.
"Wherever you're travelling this week, stick to the gritted main roads where possible and check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports before departing."
The Met Office said milder air from the Atlantic could return to the region during the weekend, but that the change would bring outbreaks of rain and strong winds.