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Gloucestershire weather: After the big freeze flooding risk rises

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 25, 2013

  • Sad snowman melting away in Hardwicke

  • GLORIOUS VIEW: John Wilkes took this picture of Coaley Peak in the snow yesterday.

  • DIGGING IN: Danny Hemms, left, landlord of the White Horse in Mitcheldean, clears the paths outside the pub with customers Tom Maskell, centre, and Josh Loade.

  • DOG SLED: Dylan Brian, eight, is pulled to Whiteshill Primary School by boxers Zuela and Phoenix with mum Tracey.

  • STRIPPED DOWN: A Facebook group featuring people naked in the snow has gone global thanks to the efforts of Leanne Myers, from Bream in the Forest of Dean, to raise funds for Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal.

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MELTING snow and overnight downpours could put the county at risk of flooding as 20mm of rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours.

The Met Office shows Gloucestershire on the edge of a band of heavy rain sweeping in from the Atlantic this afternoon.

But it could turn to sleet or snow if temperatures remain freezing.

A warmer weekend, with temperatures of 8C (46F) predicted tomorrow, will signal the end of the big freeze – but the start of a thaw that could be just as disruptive.

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Ian Thomas, The Citizen's weather expert, says the county is in for another soaking.

"Today will start off cold, but things will begin to change as the day goes on," he said.

"There will be a high risk of flooding in some areas as the snow melts away and temperatures rise."

Latest Gloucestershire weather forecast

Over the past week, Gloucestershire County Council's gritting team has treated approximately 26,000 miles of road.

They were due to salt key routes during the evening yesterday, but will not be gritting overnight – unless the forecast changes.

This week's snow and ice has caused widespread disruption.

Small businesses are now counting the cost after workers struggled to make it in and supply chains ground to a halt.

Business adviser Helen Roberts, of Longlevens, says attitudes towards the heavy snow could have a crippling effect on the economic recovery.

"Some staff could have made more of an effort to get into work," she said.

"One of my clients has been losing £25,000 a day as a result of 40 per cent of their staff not turning up."

Employment law states if businesses stay open, employees have a duty to make it in, or they could be forced to take holiday or go lose pay.

If a business takes the decision to close, it must continue to pay its employees.

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