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Winter Advice


We do our best to keep the highways network running as effectively as we can during periods of ice and snow, primarily by gritting a number of key routes.

A primary network of 1,300km is treated in the first instance, with a secondary network treated when conditions require it and when resources allow.

Please plan your journeys carefully when there is a risk of ice or snow. A full map of the county's gritting routes is available to download. To see maps for individual districts, and for further information about gritting, please see our main gritting page. Further information is also on the Highways Agency website.


Driving in snow and ice

The best place to find advice about driving in severe weather conditions is the government's Direct Gov website. You can find information about planning journeys, making your journey and getting help if things go wrong on the Safety in extreme weather page. You can also see information on Worcestershire roadworks and road closures.

Also see information on Park and Ride services. (Back to Top)

Being a good neighbour

Please check on elderly neighbours or relatives, and:

  • Make sure they are eating and drinking regular hot meals and drinks – perhaps make an extra portion for them next time you're preparing a meal
  • Check that their cupboards are stocked – if not, offer to pick them up some groceries on your next visit to the supermarket
  • Advise them to wear several layers of thin clothes rather than one layer of thick clothing – this keeps warm air trapped
  • Make sure their heating is in good working order and turned on – the temperature of a room that most of their time spent in should be between 18-21 degrees Celsius
  • Ensure they have a couple of thick blankets handy
  • Give them your phone number and make sure it's in a handy place if they do need your help. (Back to Top)

Staying in the loop

The best way to get the latest information about how winter weather conditions are affecting Worcestershire and the area where you live is to tune in to local radio stations. The following frequencies are for FM radios:

  • BBC Hereford & Worcester 96,104, 104.4
  • Free Radio 102.8
  • The Wyre 107.2
  • Heart 100.7
  • Touch 102.2
  • BRMB 96.4

Save them to your radio pre-sets now if you can, or keep them handy for when you need them.

County Council alerts

The homepage of our website features alerts whenever important information needs to be communicated. These alerts appear above the news stories. Our alerts will be used to provide information about severe weather warnings, roads affected by snow and ice, school closures (see below), library closures, museums, waste & recycling collections and disruption to public transport, among other things.

Follow us on Twitter

Our main Twitter account also allows us to communicate important messages. During snow and ice, it's often referred to as the 'Gritter Twitter'. To follow us, either visit or search for @worcscc on your Twitter application. (Back to Top)

School closures

It's very rare that we ask all schools to close because of severe weather - the decision about whether to remain open or not is predominantly taken by each individual school. For that reason, it can vary greatly from one part of the county to another. 

The homepage of our website will include an alert whenever schools are affected by severe weather, which will be updated regularly with the latest information that schools provide to us (look our for alerts above the news stories on the right-hand side of the page). You can also link directly to the school closures for today's closed schools or for tomorrow's closed schools web pages. 

Another source of up-to-date information about school closures are the BBC Hereford and Worcester  and Free Radio radio stations, which lists all individual schools affected at regular intervals. The FM frequencies for BBC Hereford & Worcester are 96, 104 or 104.4, while Free Radio is on 102.8. (Back to Top).

Bus Services

Buses and bus routes can easily be effected by bad weather. Services effected will be published on the website homepage as well as further information published in more details on the bus service travel news web page.

Other Services such as Libraries, Waste & Recycling and Museums

The homepage of our website will also include an alert whenever services including Libraries, Waste & Recycling Collections and Museums are affected by severe weather, which will be updated regularly with the latest information that the services provide to us (look our for alerts above the news stories on the right-hand side of the page). (Back to Top).

Keeping warm

You may have heard of the Warmer Worcestershire website, where you can see a thermal map of the county and discover how much heat is being lost from your home.

It also contains information about grants and offers available to help you to keep warm when the worst of the winter weather starts to bite.

A simple tip to help you, or your family and friends, to stay warm is to eliminate draughts and wasted heat by installing a cheap, easy-to-fix brush or PVC seal on your exterior doors. Letterboxes and keyholes should be covered too. (Back to Top)

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This page was last reviewed 26 June 2014 at 11:42.
The page is next due for review 23 December 2015.