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Council update on winter weather 03/03/16

by jamesbaker on 3 March, 2016

I’ve received the following email form the Highways Department in advance of the predicted heavy snow tomorrow.
Dear Cllrs
This is a quick email to give you an update on tonight’s plan for the forecasted snow. This weather is due to commence at around 21:00 this evening on all roads within the Calderdale Area and will run until late into the working day on Friday. The higher grounds will continue to see snow well into Saturday.
We are currently pre salting the high ground and then from 19:00 patrol units out on the highest points of Calderdale treating and monitoring the weather until 21:00.
At 21:00 all fleet will be called in to start the full precautionary treatment of the routes and this will be continuous into Friday morning. We also have all available extra plant on standby ready to come out should it be needed.
If snow fall is as heavy as it is predicted it is possible that only the main roads will be concentrated on and some of the precautionary treatment network might have to be left until conditions improve.
Please advise residents that we are treating all major routes and keeping the network open, all available plant is on the network and any priority roads will be attended once the precautionary routes are clear and plant is available.
We have tried to bulk fill all salt bins and replenish salt piles before this weather has arrived we are aware some may not have been filled, but the majority are filled for people to use.
Forecasted Weather
Mostly dry today with some bright or sunny spells but also a lot of cloud and the odd shower in the west. Cloud will increase this evening with rain spreading from the west later. The rain is likely to turn heavy during the night and will fall as sleet or snow across higher routes with significant accumulations possible. As the night goes on, the snow level may fall allowing a risk of snow at lower levels later in the night.
Tomorrow will see the rain, sleet and snow continue but the snow level should gradually rise due to a freshening easterly breeze. The rain looks like it may linger into the evening, with snow possible on high Pennine routes in the west through the evening. Confidence is low for tomorrow evening due to uncertainty over when the rain/snow may clear.
Snow summary:
Thursday 2100-0600: Snow initially around 300-350m but falling to 250m during the night, possibly down to 150/200m in heavier bursts. 3-6cm possible above 300m, 2-5cm above 250m and 1-4cm possible at lower levels.
Friday 0600-1800: Slushy covering at lower levels, A further 1-4cm above 200m, 2-5cm above 300m.  
Friday 1800-1000: 1-3cm above 300m if snow lingers
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