East Riding of Yorkshire Council gears up for weekend snow
EAST Riding of Yorkshire Council’s 17-strong gritter fleet will be out again this afternoon to treat the precautionary network, with forecasters predicting that as much as 10cm of snow is likely to fall across the East Riding over the weekend.
With snowfalls varying in intensity, the council has today fitted its gritters with their snow ploughs and, as well as gritting the main highway network, is also refilling salt bins and clearing snow and ice in high-pedestrian areas.
Salt stocks remain healthy at the council’s depots and orders are in place to replenish these as they are used.
Nigel Leighton, director of environment and neighbourhood services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council has carried out two full treatments of the precautionary network, last night and early this morning, and will again be going out this afternoon.
“The Met Office has forecast that the East Riding will be affected by two weather fronts, resulting in widespread snow that will be light at first, but getting heavier in the evening.
“This could see significant accumulations, particularly in the Wolds, and could cause drifting as the wind picks up.
“With snow forecast and continued sub-zero temperatures, the council’s focus will be on keeping the main highway network open to motorists, businesses and the travelling public.
“The public need to drive with extreme caution on those minor roads that remain untreated and the council is continuing to speak with town and parish councils to enact their winter plans and help alleviate problems locally.
“The council has put plans in place to respond to the weather conditions over the weekend and advises motorists to only make essential journeys, drive to the conditions, allow extra time for journeys and stay to the treated network, wherever possible.
“During this spell of winter weather, the council asks that residents ensure family, friends and neighbours, particularly older and more vulnerable people, stay safe and warm and have necessary provisions.”
For further information about severe weather, visit the severe weather advice and guidance page at www.eastriding.gov.uk or follow @ER_roads on Twitter
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Weather for Goole
Saturday 25 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 16 C
Wind Speed: 9 mph
Wind direction: North
Temperature: 7 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: West