Snow chaos expected as severe weather warning is upgraded across Somerset
A severe weather warning of heavy snow tomorrow has been upgraded to include the whole of Somerset.
The Met Office's amber alert was initially limited to North Somerset, with the rest of the county under the less severe yellow warning.
But as forecasters become increasingly confident that heavy snow on its way, the amber warning has been updated to cover all of Somerset.
Up to 15cm of snow could fall within three to six hours tomorrow morning, and the Met Office is advising people to alter travel plans.
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The severe weather warning is in place from 3am tomorrow morning, until 9pm in the evening.
Met Office chief forecaster Eddy Carroll said: "The snow is expected to be heaviest through Friday morning, slowly weakening and clearing east during the second half of the day."
Darron Burness, head of the AA's severe weather team, said: "With the outlook remaining cold, drivers need to be prepared for possible disruption.
"Before heading out, check the Met Office weather alerts and traffic reports and allow a bit more time for your journey, as you don't want to rush on potentially icy roads.
"Do the basic checks on your car and, in case of any problems, carry plenty of warm clothing, blankets, de-icer and scraper, some food, hot flask and a fully-charged mobile."
Highways Agency's National Traffic Operations Centre head Steve Crosthwaite said: "We advise drivers to check road conditions and the Met Office weather forecast before they set off and during severe weather to consider whether their journey is essential.
"They may want to delay their travel until conditions improve and to allow our winter fleet the chance to treat the roads.
"Our traffic officers are working round the clock to monitor the network, deal with any incidents and keep traffic moving."
Conditions should be less severe over the weekend, but further outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow are expected to push in from the west.
The Met Office said snow that has fallen will be slow to melt and ice will continue to be a risk, especially at night.
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