Rochester saw a light dusting of snow overnight - but is there more to come?

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By MariaSoleil | Monday, January 14, 2013, 11:16

ROCHESTER residents woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning - but weather experts are warning there could be more of the white stuff to come.

The chilly weather is set to last throughout the week - with temperatures expected to hover around 0C. 

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the southeast, meaning the public should brace themselves for icy conditions.

Forecasters predict a mixture of light and heavy snow will fall in the area overnight and into Tuesday morning, and bitterly cold northeast winds will make it feel even colder.

"It certainly looks like most places will see rain as we go into this afternoon and into the evening," said Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst. 

He continued: "There's a low risk that the rain will turn to sleet and possibly into snow as we head into Tuesday morning."

Gritting lorries have been in action across Medway, with trucks salting roads totalling a length of 383 miles.

As a result, roads across Medway were unaffected by the weather this morning, and minimal delays were reported on Southeastern trains.

Kent Police's Roads Policing Unit advised motorists to take care when travelling, while The AA tell drivers to use major roads if possible and allow extra time for journeys, removing ice from car windows before setting off.

All schools across Medway opened as normal today, and some have been experiencing their first sight of snow. Rochester and Strood MP Mark Reckless tweeted this morning: "I am about to show our baby snow (just a little in Rochester) for the first time."

Forecasters say the reason for the cold weather is an area of high pressure over Scandinavia, which is allowing cold air from western Russia to move towards the UK.

Milder air is trying to push in from the Atlantic at the same time - meaning the UK is set to receive the resulting consequences.

What's the scene where you are? Send us your weather snaps by emailing rochester@thelocalpeople.co.uk, tweet us or upload them on the homepage.

Follow the forecast for Rochester at our weather page.

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