Important Alerts and Reminders

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Winter Alert : Planned winter service action on 26th and 27th January 2020.

Effective: 26 Jan 2020 to 27 Jan 2020

Based on the most recent weather forecast we plan to carry out precautionary gritting on all Northumberland primary routes from 17:30 on Sunday 26th and again from 04:00 on Monday 27th January.

Short term forecast :-
Cloudy this afternoon with rain for a time, although this should clear away to the east later, perhaps with a few late brighter spells. Breezy.
Drier and mostly clear skies expected in the evening and first part of the night, but some heavy showers will push in during the early hours. This may be wintry on the high ground. Frost in places.
Showers will clear away in the morning with things staying mostly sunny and fine through the afternoon. The odd shower may drift in from the west, but most places will stay dry.

Road conditions :-
RSTs are expected to fall below zero tonight - there could be a double dip, with clear skies this evening, then showers for a time through the early hours, then clearer skies later. A high risk of ice after the showers. Showers may fall as snow above around 250m or so, perhaps with a slushy covering in places.

In continuing cold weather conditions, when widespread ice is forecast, and as resources become available, we will progressively start gritting:
• main footpaths and car parks in town centres
• busy urban shopping areas
• important pedestrian links
• footpaths next to large schools
Drivers are advised to be aware of road conditions and to drive with due care and attention, particularly on untreated roads. Please only make a journey if it is absolutely necessary.
For further advice on driving in severe weather please see our website winter driving advice
Some links you might find useful:
Met Office Homepage for site-specific, detailed forecasts
Met Office news releases
Met Office news blog
Met Office social media links
Met Office Weather Observation Website (WoW)
Get Ready For Winter pages

Any problem areas should be reported to our Customer Services Centre on 0345 600 6400 or you can report via which will then be logged directly on our Severe Weather system and appropriate action will be taken. Please click on the link below to view all of our gritting routes/zones in detail or visit our main website for more detailed winter services advice.

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