Gritting alert – December 4

Precautionary treatment of the Birmingham network from 6pm. Please take extra care on the roads. We will then treat priority footways in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

UPDATE 4.45pm

We are anticipating severe weather conditions overnight (04:00-10:00hrs Wednesday 5 December) with the potential for severe ice formation during the early morning period.
Current forecasts suggest cold conditions overnight with the occasional rain or sleet shower. However, a heavier period of sleet and perhaps snow is expected during the early hours before clearing around 06:00 hours. Temperatures are expected then to drop rapidly, potentially leading to widespread ice.

Winter Maintenance treatments will be undertaken this evening as a precautionary measure and conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the night and early hours. Additional repeat operations will be undertaken throughout this period if necessary in order to reduce the effects and impact these weather conditions will have on highway users.

However, it should be noted that despite these actions it is possible that treatments will be rendered less effective if there is wash off of salt by rain or sleet immediately before a rapid temperature drop.

With this in mind we wish to warn all road users to proceed with caution overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, particularly during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

Current forecasts suggest cold conditions overnight with the occasional rain or sleet shower. However, a heavier period of sleet and perhaps snow is expected during the early hours before clearing around 06:00 hours. Temperatures are expected then to drop rapidly, potentially leading to widespread ice.

Winter Maintenance treatments will be undertaken this evening as a precautionary measure and conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the night and early hours. Additional repeat operations will be undertaken throughout this period if necessary in order to reduce the effects and impact these weather conditions will have on highway users.

However, it should be noted that despite these actions it is possible that treatments will be rendered less effective if there is wash off of salt by rain or sleet immediately before a rapid temperature drop.

With this in mind we wish to warn all road users to proceed with caution overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, particularly during the Wednesday morning rush hour.

Winter maintenance and gritting plans - http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5746

Winter weather travel tips - http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14233

Weather disruption round-up - http://weather-disruption.birmingham.gov.uk/

Regional Information

The panel below brings together gritting alerts from local authorities across the West Midlands. You can also get this information via the following RSS feed: http://rss.coveritlive.com/rss.php?altcast_code=f0c64fbec0

Local volunteers from the Open Street Map project have kindly mapped gritting routes onto their map. While we can accept no liability for any errors, we’re very grateful to them for their contribution.

You can view the gritting map by visiting: http://mappa-mercia.org/gritting-map.shtml

Weather Updates

BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/2102

Met Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/wm/wm_forecast_weather.html

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