There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and heavy snow between 1800 on Sunday 15 Jan and 0900 on Thursday 19 Jan in parts of England.
The warning which is issued to health managers states:
‘This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
‘Please refer to the national Cold Weather Plan and your Trust’s emergency plan for appropriate preventive action.’
Yellow — Alert and readiness
Triggered by the Met Office as soon as the risk is 60% or above for any of the thresholds to be breached. This is an important stage for social and healthcare services which will be working to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential period of cold weather.
Northerly winds will develop through Sunday and into Monday, bringing colder air across much of the country.
This will affect northern areas initially on Sunday, before moving south to affect most areas on Monday.
Showers will be more frequent in western areas and fewer in eastern areas, but becoming increasingly wintry for all areas through Monday.
Occasionally strong winds will exacerbate the cold feel. These alerts may be updated on Monday, once confidence has improved in the timing of the cold weather and areas to be included.