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Weather forecast
Friday 2 March 2018

Pevensey Bay has woken to still strong winds, although the wind speed seems to have dropped in the last few hours. No new snow, bitter cold. Sky looks full of a light mix, as if there might be snow or downloads of rain, Will we be seeing this freezing rain forecast? So far, not yet. Stay safe, black ice predicted and lots of rain. Other parts of the country seem in a much worse position. No reported powercuts at present.

Sea temperature 7°C/44°F
Wind speed 10.7mph, gusts up to 25.1mph
Cloud base 3231ft
Wind direction North North West

We will see what happens in Pevensey Bay through the day. It would appear that we may have escaped the worst of Storm Emma, although it remains to be seen what will happen through the day.

Stay safe today in doors, unless you really have to go out. The worst problem here may become freezing rain, making roads pavements and roads treacherous in places.

Parts of the country are braced for up to 50cm of snow, as Storm Emma brings worsening conditions. A highly unusual red weather warning for snow is in force for south-west England and south Wales. UK roads, railways and airports have been severely hit by snow for a third day.

The Met Office has issued the following yellow warning for South East of England: Between 00:05 Fri 2 March and 23:55 Fri 22 March

Further snow showers or perhaps longer spells of snow are likely at times through Friday. There is an increasing chance that a further spell of more persistent snow may move north into parts of southern England, Wales and central England during the day. Icy stretches are likely on untreated surfaces. In addition, strong winds will lead to further drifting or blowing around of existing snow cover. Delays and cancellations to public transport are possible, as are delays to travel on roads; some stranding of vehicles and passengers could also occur. Some rural communities could become, or remain cut off. Interruptions to power supplies and mobile phone coverage are also possible.

UK Power Networks information on weather and the electricity network has issued the following warning for Sussex and Surrey (Monday 1 March 7:30pm), about powerlines.through the local neighbourhood watch network

“You may be aware that the current cold spell of icy winds and snow may bring ‘freezing rain’. Freezing rain is a very rare weather phenomenon and occurs when very cold rain freezes immediately on landing.

“Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the cold weather.

“You will be able to find regular updates on our website www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.

“We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

“We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks.co.uk/priority.