Severe cold weather warning

This weekend the Met Office has warned of average temperatures of less than 2C for up to 48 hours, with the high possibility of heavy snow and widespread ice occurring. 

Heavy snow on Saturday night and Sunday could lead to difficult driving conditions, disruption to transport, isolated power outages and an increased risk of slips and falls locally. 

Snow accumulations of 5-10 cm by the end of Sunday with a few locations possibly seeing as much as 15cm, with a further 1-4cm in places on Monday or Tuesday. 

Preparation

Local people are advised to prepare for the cold weather. Temperatures are dropping and may cause greater risk to vulnerable residents.
The council's emergency procedures are in place. Gritters are on standby and will be sent out to grit primary routes across the borough to keep main roads moving if freezing conditions are forecast.

The ice warning could mean difficult driving conditions, and unnecessary potential slips or falls, so we are urging residents to please be careful.
We are advising residents to stay at home, and only go out where necessary.

What to expect

Possible travel delays on roads stranding some vehicles and passengers, with bus and train services potentially delayed or cancelled. Some road closures and longer journey times are possible. There may be:

  • Possible delays or cancellations in air travel
  • Some rural communities could become cut off
  • Power cuts may occur and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affected
  • A chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Untreated pavements and cycle paths might be impassable.

Prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. 

Cold weather health risks and COVID-19

COVID-19 is likely to amplify the risks of cold weather.

The council is asking residents to be good neighbours during the cold weather by checking that elderly or vulnerable people in their area are safe, warm and have essential supplies.

Read more about  keeping warm in winter