Adverse Weather Bulletin 1000hrs

Date:    6th January 2010
Time:    1000hrs
Issued By:    Martyn Summerell

No further bulletins will be issued until 1200hrs on the 6th.

Current Weather Conditions:
East:    Level fall of 20cm across the area. Up to 25cm on higher ground
West:     South Forest Area – Level fall of 10cm to 15cm across the area.
    North Forest Area – Level fall of 15cm to 20cm across the area
Central:      Level fall of 5cm throughout and upto 20cm on high ground

All – some drifting snow on more exposed areas due to increasing winds

Today’s forecast;
Morning update: light snow, to continue throughout the morning into the afternoon.  Wind speeds continuing to be moderate bringing an increased risk of drifting snow on exposed roads.  Lighter snowfall likely to add a further few cms to the current snow levels, forecast for a very cold night.

Current/Recent Treatments:
Gloucestershire Highways Fleet continue snow ploughing on main roads across the county and in some town centres. Approximately 50 locally based farmers with tractor mounted ploughs are providing assistance across the county to open up one route into each of the villages.

East:  Gloucestershire Highways Fleet are continuing to snow plough main roads and some town centres, assistance is being provided by approximately 20 farmers     tractor mounted ploughs.
West: Salting and ploughing of priority routes (main roads) to aid traffic movement, assistance being provided by approximately 28 farmers tractor mounted ploughs on more     minor roads.
Central: Gloucestershire Highways Fleet continues snow ploughing on main roads, treating hills and junctions with salt, Gloucester City and Cheltenham Borough routes are being     salted through the morning.

Proposed actions during the day:
East:     Clearing snow drifts and widening out main road network, tractor mounted farmers plough continuing to open up one route into villages.
West:     Clearing snow drifts and widening out main road network, tractor mounted farmers plough continuing to open up one route into villages.
Central:  Clearing snow drifts and widening out main road network, tractor mountedfarmers plough continuing to open up one route into villages, salting bus routes in Gloucester, City and Cheltenham.

Network Risks:    All steep pitches remain very treacherous
East: All main roads open and passable with extreme care, but down to single track in some areas on higher ground, due to snow drifts. Minor roads covered in thick snow …….     Routes to avoid: A46 from Dunkirk to Nailsworth..A429 Cirencester to Stow on the Wold.
West:     All main roads open and passable with extreme care, but down to single track in some areas on higher ground, due to snow drifts. Minor roads covered in thick snow
Central: All main roads open and passable with care, urban routes within Gloucester and Cheltenham remain difficult, but gritters are salting the bus routes over the last hour……Routes to be avoid: The Whiteshill area between Gloucester and Stroud.