In my earlier update I let you know that we’ll be gritting all usual gritting routes in the county this evening, with additional runs later tonight and in the early hours of tomorrow morning if needed.
Our forecaster has updated us this afternoon to say they don’t expect much in the way of snow in Norfolk tonight now, rain and sleet is more likely and they think this will clear the county by around 8pm. However, snow still cannot be ruled out and freezing temperatures are forecast just about everywhere in Norfolk from 7/8pm onwards so ice is likely to be a problem on roads overnight and into tomorrow morning, especially as most roads will be wet from the rain and wintry showers this afternoon.
We’ve also had an update that we may get some snow tomorrow morning, most likely between around 7 and 9am – unfortunately just when many of you will be leaving for work or school. This is likely to be wet snow apparently, so the chances of it settling are lower, but with snow and ice both potentially in the mix, any journeys made in the morning will almost certainly be more difficult than usual.
Tomorrow will also be cold and feel even even colder due to strong north-westerly winds. These are due to be at their strongest from late morning until early evening, with gusts of up to 40 or 50mph possible, maybe even 60mph along the north Norfolk coast. These speeds are strong enough to make driving more treacherous and potentially bring branches down on roads.
As mentioned earlier, our gritting teams will do their best to make the roads on our gritting routes as safe as possible, and are prepared to go out as often as required to make this happen. However, everything written above should give you an idea that the weather is set to throw quite a lot at us over the next 24 hours, so we all need to be ready for difficult travelling conditions.
The best thing you can do is be prepared. Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts and travel news and make an informed decision before you set off anywhere. If you do need to get somewhere, allow extra time for clearing your car of ice and snow and so that you can take it slowly and carefully. Driving slowly is just as important in strong winds as it is on icy or slippery roads, for similar reasons too – if you lose control, chances are you won’t travel as far or as fast if you’re taking it slowly, and therefore are less likely to come to harm.
I’ve listed some links to sites below that people might find useful ahead of tomorrow. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as all this, but it might be so keep your wits about you and take care of yourself and your nearest and dearest.
UPDATE: Just been told the gritters will be reloading and going out again once they’re back from their evening gritting runs, to make sure there’s enough salt down on the roads. Going to be a long night for our gritting teams…