The council has issued the following:
After a comparatively mild winter so far, our localised borough specific weather forecasts indicate that snow is expected to fall over the weekend with the low temperatures expected to continue into early next week and possibly beyond. In preparation, our winter gritting crews are on standby, with plans in place to operate salting and snow clearance around the clock if necessary. We issued a news release earlier today to advise local media that the Council is as prepared as it can be. You can read the release on the Council’s website – http://www.bromley.gov.uk/press/article/437/snow_clearance_teams_on_standby
The latest forecasts indicate that it will snow from Saturday mid evening into the early hours of Sunday morning, with temperatures predicted to fall at or below freezing in much of the borough, including Biggin Hill and Orpington from mid afternoon on Saturday. There could be up to 4 inches (10cm) of snow and our plan is to salt priority routes in the early evening in an attempt to prevent snow settling on road surfaces. There is a probability of rain following the snow but as temperatures will remain low, ice could well be an issue. This scenario makes ‘gritting decisions’ particularly challenging (with rain potentially washing salt away) and we will be watching the weather situation very carefully indeed, ever mindful of the Monday morning commute. We are prepared to clear snow from the pavement priority areas which crudely comprise of routes to school, transport interchanges and shopping areas and have been salting these areas today in preparation, as a way of trying to stop snow settling.
We have advised our network of Snow Friends of the potential for snow – with approximately 150 groups on board, we are excited about the potential of these groups to clear snow from some of the residential roads that are not part of our gritting or snow clearing routes. We will be making every effort to complete scheduled waste collections if it is possible but obviously this depends heavily on weather conditions. The possibility of snow will remain at least into the middle of next week, with night time freezing temperatures and low day time temperatures meaning that any snow may not melt that quickly. You can follow our gritting actions (and other relevant) online by going to www.bromley.gov.uk/winter but I will issue another briefing note when appropriate.