Forecasting the weather

We receive detailed weather forecasts for the road network every day between the beginning of October and the end of April. These forecasts predict the minimum temperature and the time when it is expected to drop below freezing point, and rain, hail or snow. They also predict the amount of moisture on the road. All this information is then combined to predict whether or not ice will form and at what time this will happen. The county is covered by eight climatic zones for which we receive separate forecasts.

There are several roadside automated weather stations around the county which provide the forecasters and our supervisors with up to date information about the weather and the road condition.

Fot more information on weather warnings please visit www.metoffice.gov.uk