WE’RE ready for it – that’s the message from council leaders as the area faces a cold snap starting tomorrow.
The Met Office have warned that temperatures are set to drop with a chance of rain, sleet and snow in Portsmouth and surrounding areas, with frost at night leading to icy roads.
Forecasters say that there is a chance of snow in the north of Portsmouth tomorrow after rain, with weather on Sunday being sunny but cold.
Helen Chivers, a forecaster at the Met Office said: ‘On Saturday there will be quite a strong southerly wind blowing so it’s going to feel cold as well, and there’ll be outbreaks of rain on and off.
‘It will be cold and Portsmouth is in an area that will have quite a lot of dry weather but there is a risk of snow from time to time.
‘Particularly later on Saturday and then again on Monday night, there’s another weather system that looks as though it’s going to come along the country from the north.’ But Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth roads contractor Colas say they are ready. The County Council has enough salt to grit the roads for 24 hours a day for 15 days if needed, along with 3,000 community salt bins in the county.
It has prepared further with one hundred 4x4 drivers trained by Hampshire Police and Hampshire Fire and Rescue to assist if needed, in addition to 100 farmers to help clear the roads.
Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Ken Thornber said: ‘We tried to learn the lessons of two or three years ago from the last severe weather.
‘We’re not likely to get snow but the problem is if it’s sleet or if it’s rain, and we’ve got freezing temperatures then our roads are icy.’ e will ask people to keep a neighbourly eye on elderly people and vulnerable people that may live near to them.’
Steve Hill, contracts manager at Colas said it was prepared with four gritters to tackle any problems on Portsmouth roads.