A severe weather warning for ice is in force today (Monday January 21) across East Sussex after several centimetres of snow fell yesterday, adding to the heavy snowfall on Friday.
The Met Office issued a yellow warning for ice cautioning that sub-zero overnight temperatures would lead to ice forming where snow has fallen or melted during Sunday.
In addition there is the risk of further localised snowfalls of some 1-3cm in places today with a low risk of as much as 5cm.
The Met Office said the public should be aware of the risk of disruption to travel today.
Forecasters are predicting fresh snowfall today for Lewes, with light snow starting at 11am today and continuing until 3pm. The light snow looks set to start again at 6pm and continue until 9pm.
Temperatures today will remain at around 0C during the day, falling to -4C tonight.
The yellow warning for ice from the Met Office extends into Tuesday.
As temperatures fall below freezing on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, icy stretches are likely on untreated surfaces especially in areas where any further sleet, snow or rain has fallen on Monday.
In addition, further rain reaching the extreme southwest on Monday night may extend north and east on Tuesday across the South, turning to sleet and snow.
However the extent of sleet or snow is very uncertain at this stage.
Day time temperatures in Lewes will be between 1C and 2C, but will fall to -3C at night on Tuesday.
Gatwick Airport said it was operating as normal today, however passengers can expect some delays to flights due to weather conditions across the UK and Europe.
It urged passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.
The airport also warned due to freezing conditions overnight, some rail connections might be affected, so passengers should check with the train operator and allow plenty of time for their journey.
Southern is running an amended time table today because of the poor weather and is has also decided to cancel some services. Visit http://www.southernrailway.com/ for more information.
East Sussex County Council’s road gritting team was out this morning from 3am, gritting all primary and secondary routes from 3am.
Hippo bags of extra salt are being delivered to central locations in main towns and larger villages to help people clear pavements and pedestrian areas.
A list of locations for the hippo bags is available at http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/news/disruption.htm
Following the snow, limited enforcement is being carried out in Lewes, but parking charges still apply, so you should buy a pay and display ticket as normal and please park in permitted areas where possible, and avoid leaving vehicles in dangerous positions.
Some children’s centres have been closed today due to the weather, including centres in Seaford, Chailey and Ringmer.
Most bus routes appear to be running normally, but there is still some disruption. The public should check with their local bus operator before travelling.
East Sussex County Council is taking requests for gritting some side roads but these will be prioritised. Call the gritting team on 0345 6080193 if you see any bad ones.
The team reported the main roads were clear, but that side roads were still icy.
Hundreds of schools remained closed or partially closed today due to the difficult driving conditions.
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Weather for Lewes
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 8 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: South west
Temperature: 8 C to 14 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: North east