Preparation and a good response is the best way to ensure the effects of snow and wintry weather have a minimal impact on your daily activities.
It is important to think about how cold weather this winter may affect you, your family and your home. As temperatures drop, you need to keep warm and well.
Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can be fatal. People who have suffered from heart attacks, strokes or pneumonia; those who are 65 or over; or people with chronic health conditions, are particularly at risk.
Looking out for yourself and others is essential to keeping healthy. Check weather forecasts and plan the day around them. Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have long term illness or are 65 or over.
When snow and wintry weather is subsiding, the risk of ice on roads is increased due to the refreezing of surface water overnight. Take extra precautions whilst driving in these conditions, treating the roads as if there is snow on them to ensure your own safety and other road users as well.
Although the likelihood is low, when the snow melts, depending on how fast it melts, flooding may occur.