Hounslow Council is prepared as temperatures fall

The council is reminding residents to keep warm and well as temperatures are expected to fall again. The latest forecast predicts low temperatures, snow and ice over the weekend.

Published: Friday, 16th March 2018

Leaf on grass on a frosty cold day

The council is reminding residents to keep warm and well as temperatures dip in the coming days. The latest forecast predicts that a band of rain will turn to snow early on Saturday morning followed by scattered snow showers throughout the remainder of the day. Snow showers are likely to continue throughout Sunday. Ice is a risk on untreated surfaces and the conditions may lead to travel delays.

Advice on how to keep warm inside your home and when outside, is available online – visit Keep Warm Keep Well
It includes:

  • If going outside, dress appropriately. If indoors, make sure you keep your heating to the right temperatures [heating your home to at least 18°C in winter].
  • Check on elderly relatives/neighbours, especially those who live alone.
  • Keep stocked up with essential medication.

Hounslow Highways, which manages the borough’s streets on behalf of the Council, has its winter service programme in full flow. It has a fleet of six gritters and 2,500 tonnes of salt ready to be used at a moment’s notice. The gritters are equipped with GPS trackers allowing the service to send out the closest-based vehicles to any incidents as fast as possible across the borough.

This will also ensure priority routes are cleared when road surface temperatures fall below freezing.

The Met Office issues three forecast updates each day during the winter season, which Hounslow Highways uses to programme in any required gritting ahead of any heavy snowfall.
In addition to the fleet of gritters on standby, the service also sends out street cleansing staff with shovels and salt to carry out gritting by hand when necessary.
The winter service started on 6 November 2017 and will run until 31 March 2018.
Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Hounslow Highways has successfully handled the last three winters now and with all these preparations in place, we are confident we can deal with any weather that is thrown at us.
“We also urge residents to keep warm and well and check on those more vulnerable, during these cold snaps.”
Information about dealing with emergencies is also available here  

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