Adverse Weather Update from Rutland CC
Just to update you further in view of the weather; gritters worked continually throughout last night to treat and clear primary and secondary routes, including those through villages.
We had very little snow overnight compared to yesterday but farmers and gritters with ploughs are working to clear drifts caused by fallen snow blowing across the roads.
Changing winds are making this difficult and unpredictable but we're working to keep the main routes around the county clear.
Live traffic information, including details of congestion and road closures is available online at: https://roadworks.org
Paths in town centres are also being gritted and cleared daily so residents can continue to get around on foot.
We have a number of schools closed in the county due the bad weather – details of which are confirmed on our website.
It is down to individual schools and headmasters as to whether or not to open when the weather is bad. It's also down to schools to keep parents informed and let them know what's happening so please check with your child's school if you are unsure about whether or not they are open.
Green Waste collections and collections along our Farms and Lodges route were cancelled today due to the snow. Crews are collecting as many black bins as possible in Oakham today, which is the scheduled collection.
We will be catching up on missed collections over the weekend (weather permitting) and are asking people to leave any unemptied bins out so that we can return to collect them as soon as possible.
The latest weather forecasts can be viewed on the Met Office website: www.metoffice.gov.uk A summary is also provided below:
Cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of mainly light snow. Road temperatures remaining below zero in places throughout the afternoon. Through this evening, light snow will continue for a time before dying away by midnight. Road temperatures widely below zero tonight with the strong easterly wind possibly causing some drifting of snow locally.
A band of more widespread and heavy snow is set to move north-eastwards through all areas during Friday evening, clearing to the north by the second half of Friday night. Some significant accumulations can be expected, with current expectations for a widespread 3-8cm. Drifting hazards are likely as well, particularly during the first part of the day. Drier through much of Saturday daytime, but overcast with a further spell of light sleet and snow possible later, potentially leaving some slight accumulations. Variable amounts of cloud with some spells of light sleet or snow on Sunday and Monday, but less cold than recently with no settling expected. Road temperatures will be close to if not below zero each night.
In view of the forecast we advise against all but essential travel. If your journey is not absolutely necessary please stay at home.
Please continue to check on neighbours, particularly if they are elderly or live alone.
Thank you to those who have been in contact regarding grit bins. These requests have been passed on. However, please send any further requests direct to Highways@rutland.gov.uk
Posted: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:55 by The Clerk