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Met Office issue 30-hour 'severe' snow and ice weather warning for Cumbria


As the Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow and ice Cumbria County Council are warning vulnerable people to keep warm and well.

The Met Office has issued an alert for severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow over the coming days.

Public Health is urging people to look out for vulnerable people, while following 'lockdown' restrictions, as prolonged periods of cold weather can be dangerous, especially for the very young, elderly or those with long term health conditions.

Cold weather can increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, lung illnesses and other diseases. The snow and ice brings risks of slips and falls and hazardous driving conditions.

The Met Office has said icy stretches are likely to form perhaps leading to some disruption to travel with snow falling for some places.

The County Council’s gritting teams are working around the clock to treat priority routes and keep the county safely moving. Today marks the 13th consecutive day that gritting has taken place on the county’s roads.

Since December 21, 2020, the council’s gritter teams have completed more than 40 full gritting runs countywide, using about 3,000 tonnes of salt and clocking up more than 18,000 treated miles. 

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “We would urge everyone to take care and be cautious if they’re out and about, and allow extra time for their journeys during this period of severe winter weather.
"Given the national lockdown restrictions, we would urge people to stay local where possible and only go out if their journey is essential.”

For more information and advice, go to cumbria.gov.uk/winterready.

Kind regards and stay safe.

Joe Murray QPM
 
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Joseph Murray (NHWN, Administrator, Cumbria)

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