Rotherham Council is ‘well prepared’ for snow
Rotherham Council says it is ‘well prepared’ for the snow which is forecast tomorrow (Friday) and into the weekend.
A council spokesman said the authority has over 3,000 tonnes of salt ready to go.
He continued: “Roads have been pre-salted and all salting vehicles are ready. All staff, including Green Spaces staff with 4x4s have been briefed and are on hand.”
“Information has gone out to council tenants on what to do in the bad weather and if the worst happens, we have business continuation plans ready to kick in.”
Snow has already starting falling this afternoon (Thursday) and is expected to continue until Monday.
The South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership is recommending that drivers pay increased care and attention to winter driving conditions.
Snow, ice and spray on the roads mean that in addition to poor visibility, stopping distances increase and drivers should be prepared for the unexpected on the road.
Drivers are advised to allow extra time for journeys, including time to properly de-ice their vehicle before setting off, and carry emergency kit such as waterproof jackets, gloves and boots, regardless of how long or short their journey may be.
Ken Wheat, South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership manager, said: “Whilst local councils may be out gritting the roads, drivers and riders still need to be considerate of unexpected ice or snow and should be aware that spray from other vehicles will make it much harder to see what is happening on the road ahead.”
“The speed limit is a maximum, not a target and you should always drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions on the road.”
“Bad weather is a real danger to all road users, and I would recommend that you are aware of traffic conditions by checking local forecasts. If the weather does turn for the worst you should consider if your journey is essential or not.”
Superintendent Eddie Murphy from South Yorkshire Police added: “Carrying warm clothing and blankets in your car at this time of year is vital.”
“If your car breaks down then you must always get out of the vehicle and as far away from the roadside as possible, particularly as there is a higher risk of vehicles skidding off the road at this time of year.”
“If you do break down, in addition to phoning your break-down company I would urge you to call 101, the Police non-emergency number to make sure that the Police are aware of any potential hazards at the side of the road.”
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Weather for Dinnington
Sunday 19 May 2013
Temperature: 10 C to 17 C
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 10 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: North