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#BeastFromTheEast: What farmers can expect this weekend

Snow showers and freezing rain likely with northern areas seeing up to 10cm of snow.


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What to expect from #StormEmma and #BeastFromTheEast this weekend

Farmers across the UK have been branded heroes this week as they stepped out to face battering winds and freezing snow drifts to help their local communities in the wrath of Storm Emma and the Beast from the East.

 

Areas in the north of the UK continue to be worst affected and the Met Office predicts snow showers and brisk winds will unlikely die down over the weekend.

 

It came as crews from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service warned the industry to be on standby for extreme risk from sheet ice and freezing rain which has already hit the area this morning (March 2).

 

The team said on twitter: “This presents an extreme risk as you cannot see it, and gritting has no effect.


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“Only travel if absolutely and urgently essential. Freezing rain is more dangerous than the snow.”

 

NFU president Minette Batters said the cold snap would present difficulties to the rural community with business as usual suffering major disruptions, but championed the industry for ‘working round the clock’.

 

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She urged farmers to remain as safe as possible.

 

 

 

“Farmers are pivotal in the rural community, particularly during times of adverse weather, and they will be playing their part to help clear roads, unfreeze water pipes and providing emergency help to those in need, all while caring for their own business and livestock,” Ms Batters said.

 

“Rest assured farmers and growers will still be working round the clock to ensure they are able to provide the public with a safe, affordable, traceable supply of British food.”

NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick added: “The bad weather being experienced across the country is further proof of what a difficult but vital job our farmers, crofters and growers do, as they continue to brave the arctic conditions to keep Scotland’s food chains running and shop shelves stocked.

 

“Many of our members are struggling because of the snow and stormy conditions, with road closures and access issues causing problems for dairy and livestock farmers.”

 

 

Moving into the weekend the UK remains vulnerable to Yellow snow and ice warnings with Scotland, the east midlands, north east and north west England and Yorkshire and Humber worst affected.

 

Frequent snow showers are expected with some places likely to receive an additional 2-10cm of snowfall.

 

The Met Office chief forecaster said: “Brisk winds will lead to some drifting of snow, as well as a severe wind chill, although these are expected to begin to ease through Friday.”

 

NFU guidance for adverse weather is available online.

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