Snow update: March 23

By on 23/03/2013 in Winter Alerts

UPDATE 8.30pm

Snow ploughing and gritting will continue overnight and tomorrow. Please take extra care if you’re going out.

Met Office Yellow Warnings for Snow and ice continue to be in place until tomorrow morning. www.metoffice.gov.uk It is predicted that the snow should gradually become lighter by the morning but conditions will be icy and motorists and pedestrians need to take care

Snow ploughing and gritting has continued throughout the day and traffic has flowed well on most main routes

Most public transport disruptions were lifted throughout the day. Bus services will continue as normal throughout the evening weather permitting. Updates available at http://nxbus.co.uk/

UPDATE 12.30pm

The Met office has advised that the situation is now improving with a trend towards drier conditions over the next 24 hours. It is still possible that there could be another 2 to 5cm of snow in places today and continued drifting in the strong winds, especially on higher ground.

Through the night any snow will gradually become lighter and more patchy and finally die out during Sunday morning. The emphasis for much of Sunday and into next week is on mostly dry but very cold conditions.

9.30am

A Met Office Yellow Warning of Snow is still in force for the West Midlands valid from 00.05 Sat 23 Mar to 23.59 Sat 23 Mar. The snow continued throughout the night and is likely to continue today with very cold temperatures.

Most main roads are reported to be accessible but are heavy and the conditions are making driving difficult, side roads mainly poor

Bus services have been disrupted particularly in the Northfield, Kings Norton, and Kingstanding areas. Bus updates http://nxbus.co.uk/

24hr gritting programmes were implemented yesterday. Crews will continue gritting and ploughing throughout the day and tonight.

Highways and Resilience Officers will continue to monitor.

Regional Gritting Information #wmgrit

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

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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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