Further to my email this morning, a Level 3 Cold Weather Alert has been issued for parts of England, including the East Midlands, due to the high probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow heading into next week: www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert
The alert states that colder conditions are expected to extend westwards across England over the weekend bringing a significant, and prolonged period of wintry weather.
Although temperatures are expected to recover slightly by day on Saturday and Sunday there will be a notable wind chill, especially in the southeast.
During Monday and Tuesday, snow showers are expected to move into eastern areas, before spreading westwards across England. These have the potential to align into bands, bringing some significant accumulations.
Not everyone will see snowfall, however 5-10cm is possible where showers do line up, with the greatest risk across eastern and south eastern counties. These will also be accompanied by bitterly cold temperatures, and a significant wind chill. These cold, wintry conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday, and likely beyond.
This information, including relevant public health messages, has been published prominently on our website and a further update and extension to the cold weather alert is expected on Monday.
Once again, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.