Are You Ready For All This Thundersnow?

This week we are expected to see snow downpours mixed with both lightning and thunder as the deep freeze really does take hold of the UK.

It might well have been quite a mild winter so far and no doubt you’ve not had to make heavy use of the wood burners in your Cannock home… but this all looks set to change so you’d better make sure you’ve got enough

kindling and firelighters readily available as we’re about to be hit with some thundersnow, apparently.

This week (January 21st) should see snow downpours mixed with both lightning and thunder (which sounds very exciting, but could make life difficult for many) as the deep freeze really does take hold of the UK.

According to the Independent, rain, sleet and snow are now being forecast, with temperatures peaking at 5 degrees C in London and Cardiff, 2 degrees C in Edinburgh and 3 degrees C in Birmingham.

If you have to travel on Wednesday morning, do take particular care as widespread frost is being forecast overnight so it’s likely that there will be lots of ice around. If you’re driving, give yourself enough room between you and the car in front, and make sure you go slowly with no sudden brakes or acceleration. Those of you on foot should wear appropriate shoes and try not to carry too much in case you fall.

Sophie Yeomans, Met Office meteorologist, was quoted by the news source as saying: “The snow is mainly on the hills, while for most places the showers are falling as rain and maybe a bit of sleet. We’ve got some ice warnings; the weather front that has gone through has left rain on the ground, so as the air temperatures start to drop ground temperatures will be below zero and that’s giving the risk of ice across most of the UK.”

New research from Halifax Home Insurance has just revealed that last January saw a 169 per cent hike in storm claims in comparison with January 2017, so it would be wise of you to make sure your property is properly prepared for
the cold weather. 

Tips from the company include setting your thermostat to a minimum temperature of approximately 12 degrees C, which will help you to prevent your pipes from freezing. Think about disconnecting and draining your hosepipes, water features and sprinkler systems if they’re connected to external water outlets.

If you have exposed pipes in attics, basements, garages, kitchen cabinets or on the external walls of your property, make sure they’re properly insulated using something like UL-listed heat tape or foam rubber insulation.

And you should also make sure you’ve identified where your stopcock is so that you can turn it off immediately if required to help prevent a possible flood. They’re usually found in the kitchen under the sink unit, although they may be in the front or back hall, or in a larder unit beside the sink.

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