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Cold Weather / Snow / Icy Conditions

Update: 25th January 2013 @ 1400hrs

Met Office Warnings have been updated at the following link  http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map   

The Amber alert has been extended across much of Staffs, northern parts of Shrops, Warks, and West Mids conurbation and also includes Stoke on Trent and Telford and Wrekin. The yellow alert covers the remainder of the West Midlands region. Forecast continues to be for further snow this afternoon and evening followed by rain and icy conditions overnight.

Update: 25th January 2013 @ 1100hrs

Further snow is forecast this afternoon and evening in the West Midlands region followed by rain which may cause some disruption.  The Met Office have issued further warnings which can be viewed at  http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/#?tab=map   Public advice is to take care in icy conditions,  listen to local radio / check websites / social media and plan your journey accordingly. Plan so that you have arrangements in place if the weather worsens.

Alerts / Warnings  issued by the Met Office for the West Midlands.

Cold Weather Alert Level 3 – 90% probability of severe cold weather / icy conditions / snow from 0900 hrs on Friday 25 January – 1800 hrs on Saturday 26 January.

Amber Warning for SNOW from 1100hrs on Friday 25 January – 0200hrs on Saturday 26 January.

Gritting continues on priority routes and we are advised that grit bins have also been replenished. The www.birmingham.gov.uk website has details of winter maintenance, including gritting routes and grit bins.

Public transport is operating but there may be diversions, delays and/or cancellations.

As always, the advice is to listen to local radio / check websites / social media and plan your journey accordingly.

Useful websites:

Help2Travel (http://www.help2travel.co.uk/mattisse/index.htm)

Network West Midlands (http://www.networkwestmidlands.com/ServiceAlterations/alterations.aspx)

 Highways Agency (www.highways.gov.uk/traffic).

Monday to Friday – Any school closures will be widely reported via all usual mechanisms (radio stations, BCC website (http://disruption.birmingham.gov.uk/) , individual school messaging systems, etc).

We will continue to liaise with internal and external colleagues and issue updates accordingly.

For more information and advice visit the Met Office or our snow and low temperature advice pages

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