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Council urges residents to prepare for cold snap

Grit barn with gritters

Council want residents to be prepared for potential snowfall this week

Residents are being asked to be prepared for a potential cold snap which could bring snow to the region on Thursday.

Latest predictions from the Met Office are that following a mild start to the week, snow, sleet or hail could be coming to the county as artic air travels south.

Although any disruption should be kept to a minimum, Leicestershire County Council is encouraging people to prepare for the winter weather by checking out gritting routes, listening to travel advice on local radio, and allowing plenty of time for journeys.

 

 

"With meteorologists forecasting potentially disruptive weather, we want to make sure the county keeps on moving. Our fleet of gritters will be ready to treat major roads and key routes to make travelling a bit easier, and we’re asking residents to take small measures like checking for school closures, utilising the county’s salt bins or listening out for travel alerts, as these can help to minimise the impact of winter weather.”

 

 

The council's 17 gritting teams are ready to treat key routes across the county and ensure that residents can still get around if the low temperatures cause ice on the roads or in the event of snowfall. The teams have already been out 25 times since 1 November, covering 1,200 miles of roads across the county on each shift, and if necessary the council can deploy the gritting operation around the clock if conditions require it.

People are also encouraged to keep warm, get the flu jab and check on vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours during the colder months.

Parents are urged to keep up-to-date with any school closure details by signing up to their school's text alerts, checking their school's website or social media feeds or listening to local radio.

For information and advice about winter related issues, visit: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/winter, call 0116 305 0001, or follow the council on Twitter @LeicsCountyHall

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