The day started off brightly in Bournemouth and sunny spells are likely to continue throughout the late morning and early afternoon, with highs of 7°C. Due to brisk winds, temperatures may feel 3-4°C less than the gauges show. There is a 70-80% chance of rain between 16:00-1800. There is also a small chance of snowfall overnight, which may turn in to sleet. A Met Office weather warning for sleet, snow and hail has been extended to the south coast, warning commuters to be careful on the roads this afternoon through to tomorrow morning.
Weather Warning 1 – Tuesday 11:35am – Wednesday 11am
A Met Office yellow weather warning for snow and ice issued effecting Bournemouth and the surrounding areas:
“Showers are falling as sleet, snow and hail already in the north of the warning area, and this threat spreads to parts of Wales, the Midlands and southern England on Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday. The warning has been extended further south and east to cover small amounts of snow, for example in parts of southern England.
“Delays to travel are possible, with a lower likelihood of cancellations of public transport. Some roads and pavements will turn icy, with an increased likelihood of some accidents and injuries.”
Weather Warning 2 – Wednesday 9pm – Thursday 1pm
The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice between 16:00 and 11:00am Thursday 18th January.
The Met Office say: “Very strong winds will affect parts of the UK during Wednesday night and into Thursday. The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by early afternoon.
“Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations. There is also a possibility that some bridges may close.
“Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings.
“In addition, large waves are expected to affect some western coasts with beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.”