16th Feb, 2019

Snow and ice weather warning issued across Solihull

Sarah Mason 29th Jan, 2019 Updated: 29th Jan, 2019

A YELLOW warning for snow and ice has been issued for Solihull later today.

According to the Met Office, snow showers are expected this afternoon and could be heavy at times.

Temperatures are also expected to plummet along with possibly more snow later on in the week.

Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising residents to keep their homes warmed to 18 degrees centigrade where possible, have plenty of warm drinks and food, and wrap up warm.

Those who have long-term health conditions, including heart, kidney and breathing problems, are advised by the CCG to take extra care as it gets colder.

The CCG is also asking to check in on elderly neighbours and relatives who may become stuck, and struggle to keep warm as temperatures drop.

Dr Sonia Ashraf, a GP, said “It is important to take some extra precautions in the cold weather, so that you don’t become unwell.

“Drinking hot drinks, warming the house and having a hot water bottle are some simple but effective ways to make sure that you keep up your body temperature, which is especially important if you are over-65, or have a long-term health condition.

“It is also best to try and avoid going out in the snow where possible, as falls and injuries are more common, but if you do, take care to wear layers and sensible footwear.”

Solihull Council said it will be monitoring the forecast and using its fleet of gritting vehicles to ensure the main roads and bus routes are treated and kept clear of snow, where possible.

It advised motorists to drive only for essential journeys during periods of severe weather.

For more visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

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