Five day snow warning issued for Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford - forecast in full as wintry showers and freezing temperatures expected

Five days of snow warnings have been issued for the Wakefield district, with residents warned of wintry showers, freezing temperatures and disruption to travel.

Friday, 5th February 2021, 1:25 pm
Five days of snow warnings have been issued for the Wakefield district, with residents warned of wintry showers, freezing temperatures and disruption to travel.

The Met Office has issued a series of weather alerts for the next week, with Wakefield subject to two yellow warnings of snow and ice.

The first comes into place at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday, February 6), and will remain in place until 11.59pm on Sunday.

A second warning comes into place at midnight on Monday, and remains in effect until midday on Wednesday.

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While the warnings are in place, the Met Office warns that roads and railways lines are likely to be affected, and injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces are likely.

People who will need to travel while the warnings are in place are advised to prepare a winter kit for their car, with items including an in-car phone charger, warm blankets and food.

The district has been subjected to several bouts of snow in recent weeks, with school closures, travel disruption and flood warnings implemented.

What is the forecast for Wakefield?

Today (Friday) will be mild and dry, with temperatures between 9°C and 5°C.

Rain is expected into the evening, with snow on higher ground and temperatures falling slightly into the night.

The rain will continue into Saturday, with rain turning to showers and snow later in the day.

A strong easterly wind will arrive, with temperature reaching a maximum of 5°C.

Further snow showers are expected from Sunday until Tuesday, though bright spots are possible between showers.

On Sunday, temperatures will stay below 2°C, falling in the following days to reach lows of -4°C by Wednesday.