SEVERE WEATHER UP TO 15 DECEMBER 2017

Thick snow or heavy rain causing floods are severe weather conditions which we understand. Today we have had rain onto frozen roads with compacted ice. While the skies do not look full of snow or rain…its still severe e weather with regard to travel. 

Salting and gritting generally does not work at low ground temperatures and progressively has less effect down to  minus 5. Lots of vehicles going on it will warm the surface and start a thaw but down at minus 4 or 5 then no amount of salt really has much effect. And even when temperatures rise, its slow to take effect.

So until surface temperatures (rather than air temperature) rise to create a thaw, please be careful out there. 

In these conditions the Council is clearly not able to cope. Councillors are told that all the council’s available resources are being deployed.  

If things could be diffetent then this is one for councillors to take up later but in the meantime please be careful. 

Avoid unnecessary journeys. Go slowly. Help the stranded and elderly if you can. 

Councillor Paul Johnston

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