Conditions on the roads have been extremely challenging today.
Drifting snow is continuing to cause some problems despite continuous gritting and ploughing of the main routes.
Thanks to the efforts of our gritting crews and local farmers, all the main A roads around the county are now passable with care.
Gritters and ploughs are continuing to work on secondary routes this afternoon, including those around villages.
Conditions on treated roads are now reasonably good, but there are still many untreated roads.
More snow is forecast and conditions heading into this evening are expected to be similar to those last night when police advice was not to travel: www.metoffice.gov.uk
24 hour forecast:
Patchy outbreaks of snow will become more widespread through this afternoon and somewhat heavier too, with fairly persistent light to moderate snow expected through the late afternoon and early evening. Accumulating snow likely. Snow easing in intensity and clearing to the north during the second half of the night. Road temperatures below zero with a risk of ice. Drifting snow from previous falls will continue to be a risk with the brisk winds, especially through this afternoon.
The last of the snow clearing northwards early on Saturday. Drier for a time in the afternoon, before slightly milder air brings a mix of rain, sleet and snow up from the south. Precipitation could leave a wet cm or so of accumulation where it fall as snow. Variable amounts of cloud and a few showers around on Sunday. A little more settled and dry through Monday and Tuesday
All waste collections have been suspended until Monday 5th March due to the severe winter weather.
Weather permitting, we expect to resume our normal collection schedule from Monday onwards and will be doing everything possible to catch up on collections that have been missed in Uppingham and Oakham. This will include bringing in an additional crew to collect any bins missed this week.
We will also be collecting a reasonable amount of side waste should missed bins be full due to the disruption. Residents can help by making sure any side waste is well-bagged.
Heading into the weekend, the Council will continue to respond wherever care agencies cannot due to the bad weather, as we have been doing throughout the week.
Our Adult Social Care Team is responding quickly to plug any gaps in care and provide crisis response to people without support, making sure they receive the assistance they need.
Residents can continue to contact us outside of office hours in case of an emergency.
Our emergency out of hours service is provided by Harborough Lifeline. This 24hour service can be contacted by calling 01858 464 499.
Public health advice continues to be: take care, stay warm and check on neighbours – particularly if they are elderly or live alone: www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx
Further updates regarding changes to council services caused by the severe winter weather, including information about Rutland’s roads, can be found on our website and on social media. These channels will continue to be updated over the weekend.
If you have any questions or require further information, please contact me.
Mat Waik | Strategic Communications Advisor