Council prepared as wintry weather forecast

Northumberland County Council gritting teams will be out across Northumberland tonight as wintry weather is forecast over the coming days.

Tonight will be rather windy and cold with clear spells and scattered showers. These will be wintry only over the hills initially, but to lower levels later.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 16) is forecast to be windy and cold with a scattering of showers, often wintry with sleet, snow or hail. The showers are likely to be heavy at times too.

The forecast for the rest of the week is also very unsettled with potential for both snow and very strong winds on Wednesday and Thursday.

Teams will be carrying out gritting across the county from 6pm tonight and again from 4am tomorrow, with a night shift also in place to cover areas forecast to be most likely to be affected by snow.

The council has over 100 staff involved in winter services, with access to 37,000 tonnes of salt and 28 multi-purpose gritters, covering over 3,000 miles of county road.

Depending on how the forecasts and conditions develop, gritters will be fitted with ploughs to deal with snow conditions and local agricultural contractors will also be mobilised as appropriate.

Additional resources will also be mobilised to deal with any issues resulting from strong winds, including specialist teams to deal with any fallen trees and branches.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Our priority is always to keep people safe and the roads of Northumberland open and we have teams of staff working round the clock to ensure this happens.

“We work closely with our partners in the emergency services at times of severe weather and would also remind the public to take a little extra care when travelling.

“As with all weather forecasts it is not entirely possible to know where any problems could occur but it is always best to be prepared.”

The public can keep up to date on the winter weather via the council’s social media channels:

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