EAST Riding of Yorkshire Council has put plans in place to tackle a weekend of inclement weather, which sees snow, cold temperatures, rain and high winds all forecast.
The council will be deploying its 17-strong gritter fleet this evening to treat the precautionary network as temperatures fall below zero and a band of snow crosses the East Riding, from 4pm until the early hours of Saturday morning.
Forecasts are indicating blizzard conditions, with 5-10cm likely to fall across the area and up to 15cm on higher ground. The council will fit its gritters with their ploughs ahead of winter maintenance operations over the next 24 hours.
As well as treating the main highway network, the council will continue to refill salt bins and deposit salt piles for use by residents and ensure high-pedestrian areas remain open to the public.
On Saturday and Sunday, forecasts are indicating slightly milder weather, resulting in snow and ice thawing, and rain and high winds on Monday.
With the East Riding catchment already saturated, the council will be monitoring weather conditions closely, especially in areas affected by flooding over the Christmas and New Year period, and will have staff and equipment on standby at its depots.
John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Weather conditions over the weekend will be challenging, as severe winter weather gives way to milder temperatures, rain and high winds.
“The council will continue to monitor the weather closely and has put preparations in place to keep the East Riding moving during the period of forecasted snow and ice and to support our residents in the event of localised flooding, should there be a rapid thaw or heavy rainfall.
“Extra staff will be on standby at our depots and equipment, including sandbags, will be delivered to areas identified as at being at risk of flooding. The council is also working closely with town and parish councils.
“Snow, ice, rain and high winds all have the potential to make driving difficult and the council is advising motorists to only make essential journeys, allow extra time for travel and drive to the conditions.”
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Weather for Selby
Saturday 18 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 13 C
Wind Speed: 10 mph
Wind direction: West
Temperature: 9 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: North west