Subzero temperatures and snow forecast

Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Forecasters have indicated that the East Riding will be subject to subzero temperatures overnight and snow showers that will cross the area from dawn tomorrow and could see up to 5cm of snow falling on higher ground.

To keep the East Riding moving, the council have said they will treat the precautionary network this evening and again in the early hours of tomorrow morning to ensure main roads are well gritted ahead of the snow’s arrival.

Strong winds from the south east are also likely to cause localised drifting and gritters will be fitted with their ploughs to patrol the Vale of York and the Wolds during the early hours of tomorrow morning and clear roads where necessary.

A spokesperson for the East Ridiing of Yorkshire Council said salt stocks at the council’s depots remain healthy and salt bins have been restocked.

The council say they will also be depositing and refilling salt piles at strategic locations across the East Riding, such as at the inclines of hills while their grounds maintenance staff will also be diverted to treating high pedestrian areas, car parks and Saturday Market, in readiness for the weekend.

John Skidmore, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The council is putting plans into place to undertake winter maintenance operations over the next 24 hours and into the weekend.

“While West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire are being forecast to see the worst of the conditions, the council is not being complacent and will have staff and equipment on standby over the weekend to support our residents.

“Motorists are advised to plan their journeys in advance, allow extra time for travel and to drive to the conditions.

“Forecasts, at present, indicate that this cold snap is likely to last well into early next week.”

For the weather forecast over the next three days see page 2 of today’s Free Press or visit