Gearing up in Thornbury for another cold winter

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By Rebecca2009 | Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 11:34

Although we are enjoying some lovely mild weather in Thornbury this week, with temperatures getting up to 16C, the council says it is all geared up in case we get a repeat of the Arctic conditions last winter.

It was the coldest winter for 30 years but South Gloucestershire Council got through with enough supplies of salt and grit - and was even able to spare some for neighbouring councils that ran out.

Council spokesman Ryan Skeets said: "We have had a full barn of salt – around 6,000 tonnes – since April.

"We will be closely monitoring the weather over the coming month."

He said winter maintenance staff had already started a 24-hour rota to be able to respond around the clock if the need arose, and that grit bins across the district were full.

There is disagreement about whether we are going to get another Arctic winter. The Met Office says we are in for a relatively mild one but weather forecast agency Positive Weather Solutions says we are going to get another 'white-out' scenario with snow, ice and bitterly cold temperatures, although probably not as harsh as the last one.

What to believe? Best be prepared, I say!



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