Severe weather warning for ice in East Sussex issued by Met Office

THE MET Office has issued a severe weather warning for ice today (Tuesday January 31) in East Sussex.

It is also predicting scattered light sleet and snow showers together with freezing temperatures during the course of the day.

This will increase the risk of icy patches forming, especially on untreated surfaces.

The public are advised to be aware that extra care is needed when travelling.

There looks set to be rain along the coast but with small accumulations of snow possible over The Downs during today. Wednesday will remain cold, while on Thursday it will be very cold, possibly with some light wintry showers arriving.

Friday will be a very frosty start, dry and staying cold, while on Saturday there will be rain, possibly with some sleet probably arriving and staying cold.

Temperatures this week will not rise above 2C during the day time and will plummet to a minimum of -3C at night.

East Sussex is currently on a cold weather alert issued by the Met Office.

This week brings the longest spell of cold weather so far this winter.

A high-pressure system hanging over Scandinavia and western Russia is being blamed for the conditions, as it pushes cold easterly winds towards the UK.

Chief forecaster at the Met Office Chris Tubbs, said: “Looking further ahead into February, there is uncertainty over how this finely balanced situation will play out, with colder conditions more likely to dominate but milder weather could still return.”

Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK said: “Low temperatures raise blood pressure which puts people at a greater risk of heart attacks and strokes and well as increasing the likelihood and severity of flu and other respiratory problems.

“We want older people to be able to enjoy the winter and, most importantly of all, stay well.

“That is why we have linked up with the Met Office to get advance information to ensure that forewarned is forearmed when it comes to winter weather.”