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Severe weather warning

Mar 1, 2018


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Warnings   issued following severe weather alerts

Added on 01   March 2018 at 11:45

Severe weather   warnings have been issued and our message to people affected by the   significant snowfall is please stay at home and don’t travel.

The Met   Office has issued a RED warning wind and snow for parts of Somerset – including   a stretch of the M5 motorway between Taunton and Exeter - and AMBER warnings   for wind and snow for other parts of our Force area.

The RED   warning runs from 3pm today until 2am tomorrow and the AMBER runs from 2pm   today until 8am tomorrow. You   can check the latest update here

This means   there could be significant disruption to the road network and conditions will   be dangerous. If you are in the RED area please don’t travel. If you are in   the AMBER area, please consider whether your journey is necessary.

If you have   to travel, make sure you take provisions in case you are stranded and be   aware of any issues on the road network by checking the   Highways England website here or you can check the latest road conditions in   Somerset here

Ch Supt Ian Wylie, who is leading the police response,   said: “Our message to people living in areas affected by heavy   snowfall is clear. Please don’t make any unnecessary journeys and play close   attention to the latest forecasts and weather warnings.

“The   conditions are likely to be treacherous. Long delays and public transport cancellations   are likely. We don’t want anyone to be at risk, or stuck in their vehicles,   so please heed the warnings.

“Despite the   severe weather, we’ll continue to provide our round-the-clock service to the   public and have activated our business continuity procedures so we are ready   to respond to emergencies.

“We have   well-rehearsed plans to deal with weather-related incidents and have been   liaising with our partner agencies throughout the week to make sure   everything which can be done to keep people safe, is being done.”

Please   only call 999 for genuine emergencies.

We’re also   expecting high volumes of calls to the 101 number and would urge people to   carefully consider whether their call needs a police response. Routine calls   should, if possible, be delayed until the weather conditions improve, or you can contact us   online here

If you’re on   social media, keep an eye on the following accounts: @ASPolice   @HighwaysSWest @metoffice   @TravelSomerset

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