St Helens Council braced for big freeze

St Helens Star: Nine gritters will be used in St Helens should the forecast big freeze arrive. Nine gritters will be used in St Helens should the forecast big freeze arrive.

ST HELENS Council announced tonight that it is preparing to put its cold weather plan into action in readiness for a forecast of between two and five cm of snow.

It follows a severe weather warning from the Met office.

Forecasters say there is a 70per cent probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/snow for the region between 6am on Saturday and 6am on Tuesday.

According to the council, the latest predictions are that St Helens could just miss the worst of the weather.

However, with predictions 70 per cent of the North West could be affected by sleet and snow, particularly on Monday, it can take no chances.

A statement read: “The council is prepared. It has seven gritting routes and nine gritters which can all be fitted with ploughs to keep main road traffic flowing.

"Its salt barn is full with around 2,500 tonnes of salt.

“Grit bins across the borough have all been filled.”

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7:26pm Fri 11 Jan 13

pitbullboxing says...

Heartless Tory's - this is going to strike "right at the heart" of the town.
Heartless Tory's - this is going to strike "right at the heart" of the town. pitbullboxing
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10:23am Sat 12 Jan 13

smith&weston says...

It will grit the town hall car park and all roads leading to it, every one else will be left to fend for themselves.
It will grit the town hall car park and all roads leading to it, every one else will be left to fend for themselves. smith&weston
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