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Weather: Hailstones hit Gloucestershire as icy temperatures lurk

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

  • Unsettled weather moving in

  • A fallen tree at Ullenwood

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First forecasters said it rain would be so heavy on Sunday that they issued amber warnings, then they said it would snow... then they said neither would happen.

But the white stuff has fallen across the county already tonight - with reports already coming in from Stroud, the Forest of Dean and Brockworth.

It comes after hailstones battered Gloucester this afternoon as the city prepares for more bad weather.

The weekend has seen trees toppled across Gloucestershire and thunder and lightning strikes in the city.

Torrential downpours on Saturday were replaced by hailstones the size of peas late on Sunday afternoon.

But the outlook doesn't look much better.

Gloucestershire Highways are sending out road gritters as they prepare for bitterly cold weather overnight tonight.

Some snow is already thought to have fallen in parts of the Forest of Dean and Stroud.

Overnight temperatures will drop to as low as 3C but it will feel much colder - more like -3C. It will be a largely cloudy but dry night.

Tomorrow will see top temperatures of 7C. The day will be cloudy and some light showers will move in throughout the evening. Overnight temperatures will be 5C but will feel much colder.

More light rain is expected on Tuesday afternoon.

It comes after winds battered the county on Saturday afternoon amidst spectacular thunder and lightening, uprooting several trees, including in Ullenwood Manor Road, near to the entrance of the Star College and outside the Cotswold Hills Golf Club.

At Cotswold Hills Golf Club, in Ullenwood, members were trapped inside the clubhouse after two trees fell on the access road outside, blocking their exit both ways.

One member said: "The road was blocked both ways for a while - to the left totally impassable but to the right the tree's fall was broken by a smaller tree on the golf club side."

Club officials donned high-vis jackets and cut branches away to enable people to make their escape.

The member added: "Some members were disappointed that an escape route had been made as they had told their wives they were trapped up at the golf club."

There were four trees down in the space of about 300 yards.

Several trees are also thought to have been uprooted in the Painswick area.

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