Sleet snow and ice forecast in Leicestershire this week
Leicestershire could see another flurry of sleet and snow this week, with yellow weather warnings in place both today and tomorrow.
A yellow warning of snow is in place until 6pm today alongside a yellow warning of ice, which has been issued by the Met Office until midday.
Another yellow warning of snow will come into force on Wednesday between 9am and midnight.
A level two cold alert was yesterday issued for Leicestershire, urging people to check on vulnerable neighbours and ensure they are able to properly heat their homes.
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There is a 60-70 per cent probability of cold temperatures, icy conditions and or snow in the region this week, the Met Office says.
Leicester could see sleet this afternoon, between 3pm and 6pm. This will most likely be followed by heavy showers which should subside to a light drizzle at around 9pm.
Temperatures could feel as low as -3C today, amid wind gusts of up to 34mph. A dry but cloudy Tuesday night is forecast, but wind gusts could reach speeds of 41mph.
Wednesday should be a largely cloudy day, with sleet forecast from around 9am until midday. Temperatures could feel between 0C and -3C, with wind gusts reaching speeds of up to 36mph.
No weather warnings have yet been issued for the rest of the week, but temperatures could feel as low as -4C on Thursday morning despite a bout of sunshine. Wind gusts will have subsided, the Met Office says.
Friday is set to be cloudy and chilly – it will feel as though the mercury is lingering around the 1C mark for most of the afternoon.
The Saturday forecast is similar, although it should feel as though temperatures have climbed to 2C by mid-afternoon.
The snow and ice weather warnings issued by the Met Office urge people to take extra care when walking, cycling or driving in affected areas, as there are likely to be widespread icy stretches on untreated roads and pavements.
Most road networks should be open but journeys through affected areas may take longer than usual, the Met Office warns.
The AA advises motorists driving in snowy and icy conditions to factor in greater stopping distances, which are 10 times longer in ice and snow. Gentle manoeuvres are vital.
If the car starts to slide, steer into the skid and keep your feet off the brake and throttle until the vehicle is back under control.