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'Severe cold weather' warning

A warning of severe cold weather from this afternoon (Wednesday, January 11) until Sunday (January 15) has been issued by the Met Office.

Weather warning

It has warned of increasing risk of snow showers, severe overnight frost and icy conditions from Thursday onwards.

As a band of rain spreads eastwards on Thursday, it is likely to turn wintry during the afternoon, with the potential for heavy snow at times for some parts of the region. As this clears away during the evening, with clear skies a rapid freeze is possible, leading to icy conditions. Strong winds are also predicted.

For the latest weather reports, visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/ and tune in to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 95.7FM or 96.0FM.

For general advice on dealing with severe weather, visit www.fenland.gov.uk/emergency.

STAYING HEALTHY IN THE COLD

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group's top health tips in cold weather include:

• Look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately.

• Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long-term illness or are 65 or over.

• Stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries or ask a friend to help.

• If eligible, seek entitlements and benefits such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments, which are available to some.

• If you meet the criteria, register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers.

• Avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls

• Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby.

Val Thomas, consultant in public health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "Remember to check weather forecasts and plan the day around them. Take extra care if outside to prevent any accidental slips from icy, snowy pavements.

"If you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes to limit any falls. Also be sure to tell someone where you are going and an expected time when you will return.

"If you have a mobile phone, try to carry this with you, charged, so you can contact someone in case of an emergency.

"When indoors it is critical that people stay warm, particularly if you're 65 or over, have long-term health conditions or young children.

"Wear lots of thin layers, eat regular warm and well-balanced meals and remember that moving about will help keep you warm."

Article added January 11, 2017