The hours that snow will be at its heaviest in Essex this weekend

The Met Office has placed an amber snow warning in place across much of Essex this weekend.

The county is set for hours of snow on Sunday (February 7), which could cause hazardous travel conditions and potential disturbances to local infrastructure.

Snow ploughs are standing by, and gritters will be out this evening in anticipation for the wintry showers.

They’ll be prioritising routes around hospitals, vaccination hubs and Covid testing centres, to make sure essential travel can still be carried out.

So when can Essex residents expect the worst of it?

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The Essex Weather Centre has made its prediction on Twitter, looking at the latest meteorological information.

They tweeted: “Overnight model data and guidance continues to suggest the heaviest snow in central and eastern parts of Essex from 2am Sunday until 3pm Monday – pretty much inline with current Met Office Amber warning.”

The Met Office’s amber warning is currently in place between 4am on Sunday morning and 11.59pm on Sunday evening, with a yellow snow warning in place throughout Monday morning.

There’s also a yellow snow and ice warning in place between 12am on Monday and 12pm on Wednesday afternoon.

To see the exact weather forecast where you are, type your postcode below.

The yellow warning encompasses the entire county, whilst the amber warning is currently only in place for eastern and southern parts of Essex.

This amber warning covers areas like Maldon, Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, Basildon, Rayleigh, Canvey Island and Southend-on-Sea.

Anticipating the snowy weather, Southend Borough Council has rescheduled Covid-19 tests at three of its lateral flow testing centres – which test residents without Covid-19 symptoms.

Members of the public are asked to stay indoors in line with Covid-19 lockdown rules, and to travel carefully when essential travel is needed.

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