Low Temperatures and Heavy Snow

Not only does snow and ice make driving conditions hazardous but low temperatures can also affect people in our community. 

What do you need to do?

Thinking ahead and taking simple steps can help our families and communities cope during severe weather.

Ensure your home is prepared in advance for extreme cold weather.

Only travel if absolutely necessary. If you do, make sure you and your car are fully prepared for the trip.

The following websites provide information to help you prepare:

mapping.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset

www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast

www.highways.gov.uk

Impact

  • A risk to lives of people
  • Travel disruption in Dorset
  • Vulnerable people exposed to health problems
  • Power and water failure
  • Schools and businesses being closed

Consequences

  • Deaths increased due to health issues (hyperthermia)
  • Hospitals and GP practices busier due to increase in injuries (fractures, respiratory illness)
  • Road traffic accidents increase due to ice and snow
  • Flights grounded, airports closed
  • Rail travel disrupted due to ice and snow on lines
  • Travel and transport networks disrupted due to untreated roads
  • High demand for 4x4 assets and grit / salt supplies
  • Power disruption due to “icing” and overheating on cables
  • Closure of schools
  • Localised flooding from rapid thawing of snow and ice

Risk Rating: Medium

Frozen Berries
Snow Covered Road
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