Cold weather alert as icy conditions hit this weekend

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Severe cold weather and icy conditions are to hit tomorrow night, with temperatures forecast to drop below zero.

The Met Office has said severe cold weather and icy conditions will hit England between 9pm tomorrow and 9am on Monday morning and warns that it could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

According to the forecast, the weather is to turn much colder through Friday and for the weekend. A band of showers moving south across eastern parts on Friday night will turn increasingly wintry with some snow, especially over the hills.

Over the weekend, showers will be most frequent in the east, but with accumulations mainly over hills.

Strong to gale force north to northwest winds on Saturday with severe gales likely for a time near eastern coasts, giving a marked wind chill. Overnight frosts are expected widely, with localised icy conditions possible where wintry showers occur. Milder air is expected to spread in from the west during Monday.

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about how cold weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from www.nhs.uk/winterhealth, NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.

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