Jersey Met issues yellow snow and ice warnings

St Peter's Valley. Picture: DAVID FERGUSON. (37297106)

SNOW and ice have been forecast for the next 24 hours by Jersey Met.

The latest predictions show a band of sleet and snow passing across the Island on Tuesday morning, although the impact is not expected to be significant.

In twin yellow warnings issued by Jersey Met, the wintry conditions have been attributed to a “cold easterly flow”, with sleet or hail turning to sleet or snow overnight.

“Snow accumulation from today’s showers and tomorrow’s sleet/snow are expected to be negligible and not greater than 0.5cm,” the warning stated.

Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing tonight, the first time in almost a year that the mercury has dipped below 0°C. In a yellow warning, Jersey Met stated that this would be likely to lead to icy patches on untreated surfaces.

The current cold snap, which brought an overnight low of 1.5°C just before dawn today, follows the Island’s fourth-warmest December on record, with the average temperature being more than two degrees higher than the average for the past 30 years.

Guernsey could see slightly more snow, with the weather warning forecasting an accumulation of up to 1.0cm.

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