It’s been a tough few weeks for Cheshire.
Not only has the county been hit with a rising number of coronavirus cases, which are thankfully starting to decline, but the weather hasn’t been too kind either.
Over the Christmas period and into the new year, many people have faced travel disruption due to inclement weather conditions.
We’ve scoured our archives and found that eight yellow weather warnings were issued by the Met Office between Christmas Day and January 17, 2021.
A further two warnings were issued on top of this in the form of extensions to those warnings already in place.
The county has been hit with a range of weather warnings, including snow, ice, rain and strong winds, since December.
Some of these conditions have caused more disruption than others.
Only recently, snow and ice caused delays to major works taking place on the M6.
Highways England were due to start work on a £43 million junction upgrade on the Cheshire motorway that would have resulted in two weekend closures of the M6 at junction 19 ( Knutsford ).
The work would have started on January 15, but these closures have had to be postponed following the cold weather.
Explaining the weather warning system on their website, the Met Office states: “The Met Office issues weather warnings, through the National Severe Weather Warning Service, when severe weather has the potential to bring impacts to the UK.
“These warnings are given a colour (yellow, amber or red) depending on a combination of both the impact the weather may have and the likelihood of those impacts occurring.
“Yellow and Amber warnings represent a range of impact levels and likelihoods. This means it is important to read each warning to know what level of impact you can expect for your chosen warning area – and how likely those impacts are to occur.
“These impacts can include damage to property, travel delays and cancellations, loss of water supplies, power cuts and, in the most severe cases, bring a danger to life.
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Cheshire has seen an abundance of yellow warnings, which the Met Office says can range in severity.
The site states: “Yellow warnings can be issued for a range of weather situations.
“Many are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.
“Many people may be able to continue with their daily routine, but there will be some that will be directly impacted and so it is important to assess if you could be affected.
“Other yellow warnings are issued when the weather could bring much more severe impacts to the majority of people but the certainty of those impacts occurring is much lower.
“It is important to read the content of yellow warnings to determine which weather situation is being covered by the yellow warning.”