Dorset County Council’s Weather Warning

A good general site for information on all issues about the effects of the severe weather is on the DorsetForYou site

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The following was provided by Dorset County Council

Blizzard conditions are set to come in at 2pm Thursday 1st March. With snow settling, by Friday morning there is an expectation of between 5-10cm of snow.

Issues:
Although residents will probably be able to get into workplaces, schools etc, with the volume of snow forecast we are not able to guarantee that the road network will be kept open. With significant snowfall gritting routes will divert into ploughing routes. The advice will be do not travel unless absolutely necessary.

What is happening:

Daily teleconferences are taking place this week and continuing over the weekend to discuss issues and plans with cross county agencies.

Adult day centres – Tricuro will be advising people not to put themselves at risk by travelling and potentially getting stranded during the day, but centres will remain open for people who need support and may be able to walk in. They are currently working through a list of which services may have to close and details will be published on their website www.tricuro.com

Cancellation of DCC contracted transport due to the forecasted weather making return journeys difficult. This applies to adult day centres, SEND and school transport for Thursday and Friday. Although schools make their own decisions, we are communicating this with schools before end of school today (Wednesday).

Communication throughout social media, school channels and local media Signposting to relevant Dorsetforyou webpages https://mapping.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/closedservices/Service/schools
NB If parents decide to take children to school in the morning, it is their responsibility to organise transport home.
Joint county council and Dorset Council Partnership article in newsroom https://news.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/2018/02/27/stay-safe-warm-extreme-cold-wind-chill-freezing-rain-come/
We are working with Public Health, CCG and NHS to reinforce their messages during this time.

Highways/ gritters – gritting updates can be found at https://mapping.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/traveldorset/severe-weather/gritting . The central control centre will be activated on Thursday morning and we will run a 24-hour gritting schedule with personnel on 12-hr shifts.
NB footways are not part of the gritted network.

The 4×4 protocol has been updated and the network is ready to help care services get to where they need to be.

Dorset Waste Partnership is prepared if bin collections can’t take place, and they have the capacity to hold three days-worth of collection if transfer is delayed. They are holding a watching brief on household recycling centres as these locations can get very icy and closing where necessary.

For the latest weather warnings visit https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings#?date=2018-03-01

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