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Be Prepared for Cold Snap

Date Published: 23 February 2018
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Rutland is preparing for a bout of cold weather that is expected to affect the UK in the coming weeks.

Forecasts predict that the weather will turn much colder from Monday 26 February with increased risk of ice, frost and snow showers across central and eastern parts of the country. 

It is predicted that temperatures will remain low with a further risk of snow throughout the early part of March.

The Council has measures in place throughout the winter months to monitor and respond to extremely cold weather and is encouraging others to be prepared.

“Our gritting teams are on standby 24 hours a day throughout the winter months to help reduce the impact of cold weather. Our priority is to treat the main routes throughout the county in order to keep people safe. This means gritting around 160 miles of roads, including all A and B roads,  designated access routes into most villages, main routes to GP surgeries, hospitals and schools. If snow is forecast we will also grit the main footpaths in Uppingham and Oakham town centres and have learned from what happened over the Christmas period. Residents should also be prepared as it's not possible to treat the entire highway network or keep treated parts clear of snow and ice at all times. We ask that drivers take extra care in winter weather. Communities can make use of the grit bins in towns and villages and these can be restocked if needed. We’d also encourage people to check in on elderly or vulnerable neighbours if the weather gets bad.” 
Councillor Nick Begy, Portfolio Holder for Highways and Deputy Leader  

Further information about winter safety and details of our priority gritting routes can also be found on the Roads and Highways section of our website.

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