Warnings of ice issued as flood risk for Dorset residents continues

Warnings of ice issued as flood risk for Dorset residents continues

Warnings of ice issued as flood risk for Dorset residents continues

Warnings of ice issued as flood risk for Dorset residents continues

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A YELLOW weather warning for ice has been issued for parts of Dorset including Bournemouth and Poole.

The warning, issued by the Met Office on Monday morning, covers from 5pm this evening until 10am on Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson said: “A combination of clear spells and light winds will allow road temperatures to fall below freezing on Monday evening across northwestern parts of the UK, and then overnight and into Tuesday morning further south and east.

“This will allow icy stretches to form on untreated surfaces.

“The public are advised to take extra care and be aware of the risk of some minor travel disruption.”

The chief forecaster added: “Following rain or showers on Monday, clearing skies will allow road temperatures to fall below freezing quite widely on Monday evening and night, leading to icy stretches on untreated surfaces which will last well into Tuesday morning.

“In addition, further showers may affect parts of Scotland, northern England and North Wales overnight which may lead to wash-off of earlier road treatment, enhancing the risk of ice formation. These showers could also give some accumulations of snow on routes above about 300m.

“There is some uncertainty over the timing of clearance of cloud and rain towards the southeastern boundary of the yellow area, and hence also the risk of ice, so this warning may be adjusted later Monday or overnight.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, further rain has been forecast for the area.

Yesterday – Sunday – the Environment Agency issued a further warning for residents in Dorset to remain vigilant.

Environment Agency flood risk manager, Katharine Evans, said: “There is a continued risk of flooding in southern England, especially Dorset, South Wiltshire, Somerset and the Thames Valley, and we urge people to remain vigilant and prepared to take action.

“Latest estimates suggest around 640 properties have flooded in England since 1 January, however 240,000 homes and businesses have been protected by defences.

“Environment Agency teams continue to work to work around the clock, maintaining flood defences, clearing watercourses and deploying pumps and temporary defences to protect communities at risk.

“Advice for those dealing with flooding is available on this website, on social media @EnvAgency #floodaware and by calling floodline on 0845 988 1188.”

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