County Council Warns Public To Take Care With Snow And Ice Forecast This Week

By Graham Hill

1st Feb 2021 | Local News

The snow looked scenic last Sunday but it left roads in a treacherous condition
The snow looked scenic last Sunday but it left roads in a treacherous condition

The county council says people across Leicestershire should be prepared for more wintry weather this week.

Forecasts initially indicated significant snowfalls arriving in parts of the county last Saturday, but a yellow warning of ice and snow has now been issued by the Met Office for between Monday morning and Wednesday night.

Yellow warning of snow

Updated 31 January at 11:08 GMT

From

22:00 GMT on Mon 1 February

To

23:59 GMT on Tue 2 February

Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast during Tuesday, bringing difficult travel conditions.

  • 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
  • Possible delays or cancellations 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

Yellow warning of ice

Updated 31 January at 11:08 GMT

From

22:00 GMT on Mon 1 February

To

23:59 GMT on Tue 2 February

Snow, with a risk of widespread ice, is likely to push slowly northeast during Tuesday, bringing difficult travel conditions.

  • 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

  • Possible delays or cancellations 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

The county council's gritting team has been treating priority routes

Gritting teams were out consistently last weekend in the wake of heavy snow.

Councillor Trevor Pendleton, county council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Our highways teams are constantly monitoring the weather and are ready to respond at a moment's notice.

"Our gritting team have been exceptionally busy over the past few weeks gritting key routes and road networks, helping people continue their essential journeys."

This year, the council's grit barns are stocked up with 18,000 tonnes of rock salt, ready to tackle the worst of the winter weather. Community snow wardens also do their bit by gritting paths – and local farmers help out by fitting snow ploughs to their tractors and helping the council to clear roads where necessary.

The county council does not grit every road, check if your journey is gritted on their map here: HERE

The county council is also continuing to respond to reports of flooding across the county. Currently 18 roads remain closed and teams are working around the clock to ensure the roads re-open over the weekend.

Mr Pendleton added: "Since 14 January, we've responded to over 200 call outs relating to flooding and we've had up to six teams a day on the ground working on flood patrol and helping make deliveries of sandbags.

"It has been a huge group effort and I want to say thank you to every person who has helped."

Residents are urged to be prepared for flooding, even if they don't think they are at risk, by signing up for flood warnings, preparing their home, and checking their route before they make an essential journey and to drive safely by never driving through flood waters.

     

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