With a mix of winter weather forecast over the next few days, the County Council’s highways teams are ready to keep the roads clear and Hampshire moving.
According to the forecasters, the north west of Hampshire may see snow on higher ground tomorrow morning. In addition, most areas of the county will see heavy rain throughout tomorrow which may result in some localised surface water flooding, and also strong winds, particularly along the coast, that may bring down trees. Ice is likely to form in the early hours of Wednesday morning across the county.
Salting vehicles will start at 9pm tonight treating all priority one routes which include A roads, some B roads, major bus routes, roads to major emergency services, large schools and areas of high traffic concentration.
Extra highways crews are on standby, including arboriculture teams who can deal with fallen trees on the roads throughout the day and night. Stocks of filled sandbags are ready to be deployed onto the highway network to keep water off the roads if need be, and vehicles will remain on standby through the night for potential additional salt spreading on priority one routes to tackle icy or snowy conditions.
Hampshire’s highways teams are on full alert from October to the end of April, ready to deal with wintry road conditions monitoring air and road conditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at Hampshire County Council, said: “We are ready to send out highways crews around the clock to keep Hampshire’s roads clear, and will do all we can to make sure people can go about their day to day business as far as possible whatever the weather. I would, however, urge people to drive according to the conditions, and if the weather gets particularly severe to consider if their journeys are essential.”
The County Council is also reminding residents to look out for family, friends, and neighbours in their communities who might be vulnerable in cold weather. Taking extra care during cold weather is particularly important for people who are more susceptible to suffering ill health due to the cold. If people have any concerns about anyone in their community, please call 0845 603 5630.
The County Council has worked with more than 30 rural communities over the last year to help them prepare community resilience plans so that they can better prepare themselves for extremes of weather.
Further information on Hampshire roads during severe weather is available online.