With temperatures set to drop below freezing and a risk of significant snow fall over the coming week, Solihull Council is advising residents to be prepared.
Cold weather can lead to serious health problems and can kill, so it’s important people keep warm and well.
Staying warm in the cold is important for everyone. It is especially important for those who are under 5, elderly, disabled or in a vulnerable group due to a health condition.
If you have friends, relatives and neighbours who are prone to the cold, living alone or with serious illnesses, please check on them to make sure they are safe, warm and well. Please don’t venture out unless absolutely necessary.
For more information and advice visit https://www.nhs.uk/staywell or https://solihull.mylifeportal.co.uk/winterwarmth
People can also contact the Winter Warmth Helpline - 0121 704 8080 - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
The Council will be monitoring the forecast and using its new fleet of gritting vehicles to ensure the main roads and bus routes are treated and kept clear of snow, where possible. During prolonged periods of snow fall this will extend to other roads once the main roads are clear.
Around 2,000 tonnes of rock salt is in stock which will be distributed along the nine set gritting routes (detailed within the Winter Plan), covering 56% of the borough’s roads. During periods of severe weather, motorists are advised to drive only for essential journeys.
To keep up-to-date with when the crews will be out gritting the roads, follow the Council on Twitter @SolihullCouncil and look out for the hashtag #WMGrit.
People can also follow Highways England @HighwaysWMIDS or the Met Office @metofficeWMids for the latest weather and travel alerts.
More information about gritting, including FAQs and myths, can be found at www.solihull.gov.uk/gritting