Local Winter Weather Information
During the winter months as the bad weather
conditions come and go, we are aware that it can cause
problems on roads and pavements.
- Please note that it is Nottinghamshire County
Council Highways' responsibility to grit the roads
and also to repair any pot holes in the
You are also able to see where the gritting will be taking place
Nottinghamshire County Councils gritting map and
report a pot hole on their website.
Other Useful Information & Links
Schools closures in Bassetlaw
Nottinghamshire County Councils Gritting Map
Report A Pot Hole - Responsibility of Nottinghamshire
- Nottinghamshire Age
UK - advice for older people
Keep warm this winter - advice for the
vulnerable members of our society
- Winter Watch - Regular
updates on how the NHS are coping with increased demands during the
General Winter Weather Advice
During the winter months, it can become quite difficult for
people to get around and keep warm. Here are a few tips on keeping
warm, driving in the bad weather and helping your elderly
Although extreme weather cannot always be predicted, listen to
the weather forecasts regularly during the winter months and keep
emergency supplies stocked up.
The NHS advises that you:
- Keep curtains drawn and doors closed to block out
- Keep your home to a temperature of around 18 to 21C (64 to
70F). The recommended temperature for older people is 21C (70F) –
(Help the Aged). If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the
living room throughout the day and the bedroom just before you go
- Do not block heaters and radiators by furniture or cover them
- Draught proof front doors with a curtain and fix draught
proofing strips to windows and the bottom of external doors, but be
sure to leave a small section around windows to let in fresh
- Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day.
- Keep as active as possible.
- Wear several light layers of warm clothes rather that one
Other tips for around the home:
- If using a fireplace or stove, make sure that your chimney or
flue has been inspected.
- Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and test
the batteries monthly.
- Take a hot water bottle to bed or use an electric blanket
(never use them together)
Food and Safety Checklist:
- Drinking water – have bottled water on hand
- Canned food, bread, dried fruits
- Non electric can opener
- Baby food and formula (for families with babies)
- Prescription Drugs and other medicine
- First aid kit
- Rock salt to melt ice on drives and walkways around your
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery powered lamps or lanterns
Out and About
Only venture outside if it is absolutely essential. If you need
to go out make sure you wear:
- Several layers of loose fitting clothes (try to wear items with
sleeves that are snug at the wrist)
- A hat
- Water resistant coat
- Boots/shoes with a good grip
- Good warm socks
Be cautious about travelling, keep listening to the radio, the
television or check on the website for travel conditions and
remember these tips.
- Allow longer for your journey than you normally would
- Use major roads if possible where gritting will have
- Clear your windows completely of snow and ice
Keep in the car or take with you
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Fully charged mobile phone
- Flask with a hot drink
- First aid kit
- Tow rope
- Warm coat, boots, hats, scarves and gloves
- Snow shovel
- An old sack, rug or cardboard to put under the wheels if you
- Inform someone you are making the journey and when you are
expected to arrive
On the road
- Slow down and make gentle manoeuvres as stopping distances need
to be increased by around 10 times the normal stopping distance in
snow and ice.
- Avoid harsh braking and acceleration.
What if you get stranded
Staying with your vehicle is often the safest thing to do,
especially if a winter storm is occurring, which will create poor
visibility or if roadways are ice covered.
- Follow these steps in the case of getting stranded:
- Move anything you need from the boot into the passenger
- Wrap your entire body, including your head, in extra clothing,
blankets, or newspaper
- Stay awake.
- Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes every hour.
Open a window slightly to let in air. Make sure that snow is not
blocking the exhaust pipe (this will reduce the risk of carbon
- As you sit, move your arms and legs to help with circulation.
This will also help you keep warmer.
- Huddle with other people for warmth.
Look out for your elderly neighbours and family
Check on elderly, vulnerable neighbours and relatives. Cold
weather is especially dangerous for older people or people with a
serious illness. Help out where possible.
Last Updated - 17/01/2013