Friday, 3 February 2012

snow alert for Saturday

Dear All,
The forecast received by highways for the pending weekend has indicated that there is high degree of confidence that we will get snow during the course of tomorrow afternoon. This is likely to affect higher ground and although there could be as much as 2-5cm of snow it is expected to thaw very quickly. Further snow is not forecast on either Sunday or Monday.
 
With regards to today, due to the cold temperatures during this week the road surfaces are very cold and overnight the road temperature could be as low as -9c. Air temperatures are due to fall to -5c
A few key pieces of information in the event of any enquiries.
·         Our crews have salted the network regularly during the current cold spell, we will salt again tonight, there is good bed of salt down in advance of any snow.
·         The Council salt stock is at maximum capacity, we track the weather forecast and monitor our salt supply and as a result a 500 tonne ‘top up’ was delivered this morning.
·         The Council out of hours highways service is available across the weekend will undertake any gritting as necessary.
·         The snow wardens have been e-mailed and made aware of the weather forecast in order that they can make any necessary preparations.
·         At present, any snowfall on Saturday is not expected to have an impact on Monday.
·         As always, when there is snow an increase in ‘web traffic’ is likely.

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