Keep Warm and Well this weekend as first wintry weather is due

We’re in for a cold and windy weekend, and there’s a risk of wintry showers in Norfolk too – although even if they do fall as snow we don’t think it will settle.

The gritters are going out for the first time this season at 10pm tonight on all county gritting routes, and they may be needed to go out over the weekend too. We grit more than 2,000 miles of Norfolk’s roads on our usual gritting runs (of which tonight is one), you can find out which roads are gritted here. Even gritted roads may well not have the same level of grip as a normal, non-icy road, so if you are making a journey, do make sure you drive to the conditions you’re presented with.

The Met Office has also got another weather warning out for gale force winds covering Norfolk, which begins at 5pm today and is currently due to last till 3pm tomorrow. Coastal areas are likely to be worst affected, with 60-70mph winds possible, but even inland 50-60mph wind speeds are predicted. Continue reading

Weather warning for high winds in Norfolk from 4pm today

The Met Office is warning that the east of England, including Norfolk, could be affected by gales this evening and overnight.

The yellow ‘be aware’ weather warning comes into effect from 4pm today and runs until 2am Wednesday morning. On its website, the Met Office is saying that gusts of between 50 and 60mph are likely, with up to 70mph winds possible.  Continue reading

Norfolk Winter is back and ready for whatever the elements have in store for us

Hi all, we’re back and blogging again for the new Norfolk Winter season.

From today (Monday 2 November) onwards and throughout the winter, daily updates and
useful advice will be shared using the #NorfolkWinter hashtag on TwitteNorfolk Winter Launch 023r – these appear as a feed on the right-hand side of this blog’s homepage. The ever-popular gritting updates, informing people if the council’s fleet of gritter lorries are needed, will appear every day from now on on Twitter and on the Norfolk Facebook page (www.facebook.com/norfolkcc).

We’ll also update this blog with advice and information, particularly when the weather’s bad. It’s been a relatively mild autumn so far, so the gritters’ services haven’t been needed yet, and our expert weather forecasts bought by our highways team to help them plan their work suggests that conditions will remain similar for the next few weeks at least. Good news for all those who struggle during the winter.

If you’re a grit geek you can find information about which roads will be gritted this winter season on our website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/gritting. More than 2,000 miles of Norfolk’s roads – over a third of the county’s network – are on Norfolk County Council’s regular gritting routes, including all A and B-class roads and some C-class roads (the A11, A47 and A12 are gritted by Highways England).

On the same page of our website, you can find the locations of the more than 1,800 grit bins in the county that will be filled by the County Council and which people can use on public pavements and roads.

Our gritting season officially got underway a couple of weeks ago, so our 51 gritter lorries are ready to hit the road on any given day or night and Norfolk County Council’s seven salt domes are stocked with more than 17,000 tonnes of salt. This will be replenished as it is used through a long-term contract the council has with its supplier Compass Minerals.

So we’re ready for the cold months ahead and want to make sure you are too. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll post up anything that will help you cope and hopefully enable you to have a happy, healthy and safe winter in Norfolk.