First the wind, now snow and ice weather warnings for Dorset

As the county’s roads are cleared of fallen trees blown over by Storm Bella, the gritting lorries are out in preparation for the arrival of snow and ice.

Swanage escaped the worst of Storm Bella with the main casualty being a fallen tree across Darkie Lane near Ulwell Holiday Park. Local resident Karen Jackson captured the image above.

Dorset Council however, had to deal with much larger incidents across the county.

Fallen tree in Storm Bella
Dorset Council
Fallen tree in Storm Bella
Dorset Council
Fallen tree in Storm Bella
Dorset Council

Met Office yellow weather warnings for snow and ice

Now the council is out overnight gritting Dorset’s roads as the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for snow and ice for the county.

The Met Office weather warnings are from first thing on Monday 28th December 2020 until 6 pm. It said:

“Rain may turn to snow, which along with widespread ice, will lead to the potential for some disruption to travel and utilities.

“Some roads and railways are likely to be affected with longer journey times by road, bus and train services

Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces

Probably some icy patches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.”

The worst of the weather is expected to hit the north of the county, so while Swanage is unlikely to experience snow and ice, anyone driving out of town should be prepared for icy conditions if heading towards Sherborne, Blandford Forum, or Wimborne.

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