Frosty mornings and cold nights expected as West Midlands heads into the New Year

The Black Country and Staffordshire will see the New Year in with wintry showers.

Millerwalk, Pelsall. Pic: karnell1502
Millerwalk, Pelsall. Pic: karnell1502

The final day of the year will bring bitterly cold wintry showers and widespread frost for many, forecasters have said.

Temperatures in the West Midlands will stay around 2C during the day, with it dropping to -1C overnight.

It is expected to be a cold and frosty start to the New Year with a few fog patches. It will stay largely dry in the region but cloudy throughout the day with the odd shower.

There are still flood alerts in place along the River Severn in Bewdley and Stourport. The Government's flood alert service said: "River levels remain high but steady at all gauges as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding is affecting roads and farmland. We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Highley to Tewkesbury, including Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Kempsey, Severn Stoke, Upton, South Quay, Diglis Parade & Hylton Road towpath. B4195 Stourport Road, Dog Lane Bewdley."

A yellow snow and ice warning is in place for parts of Staffordshire today.

Met Office forecaster Clare Nasir said: “It’s going to be a bitterly cold night as temperatures plummet.

“It does lead into a very cold start to the last day of the year tomorrow, New Year’s Eve will bear with it again the risk of rain, sleet and snow, another feature sliding down the country from northern Scotland.

“Particularly inland and over the hills we will see some snow.

“Many of us will see some brighter weather, with still a keen breeze keeping things very cold indeed, and again the risk of ice as we head into New Year’s Day, with again a wintry mix coming and going, and a fairly widespread frost.”

Temperatures across the country are forecast to be between 2C and 6C during the day.

Wednesday saw the coldest night of the winter so far, with a low of minus 10.2C recorded in Dalwhinnie in the Scottish Highlands.

Although the AA said regional restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 meant roads were quieter than normal, bitterly cold conditions are forecast to continue throughout Thursday and into the new year.

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