recent snowfall and clearer conditions in Herefordshire,
temperatures fell as low as minus 13 Celsius in some locations
overnight. Here in Ross-on-Wye, at 8.00am, the Wyenot Weather
Station is measuring -10.6 Celsius and falling.
Council reports that A and B roads are passable with care.
They were treated at 6pm yesterday and again this morning
at 4am, and over 340 tonnes of rock salt was used, but untreated
surfaces and unclassified roads remain hazardous. Herefordshire
Council's emergency information line is up and running and
residents can ring this for the latest information - the
number is 0844 939 6101.
schools are expected to be closed today generally but those
opening will notify local radio to inform parents, updating
their school's website and implementing their processes
for contacting parents and carers. Schools transport operators
are not running services today.
the weather forecast remains uncertain, schools are considering
their local circumstances on a daily basis and will inform
the council and local media when they are due to reopen.
The county's emergency services along, with Herefordshire
Council and NHS Herefordshire, are meeting regularly to
review the situation and make plans to ensure key services
are maintained and communities supported throughout the
spell of wintery weather.
message from the police is to stay at home if possible and
only go out if it's an urgent journey. Don't get caught
out even on short journeys. If you have to travel, then
make sure you take plenty of warm clothing, food and hot
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust has backed this
call warning that iced-up untreated roads and pavements
will be very slippery - so people should take care to avoid
the risk of slips, trips and falls if they have to venture
out on foot. NHS Herefordshire is urging people to only
use 999 if a situation is life-threatening - anyone requiring
medical treatment should consider using parts of the NHS
other than A&E and the 999 service.
can get advice on their condition from their local pharmacist
or GP and should also consider calling NHS Direct on 0845
46 47 or visiting it on-line at www.nhs.uk.