West Sussex County Council is urging people to take care and look out for the vulnerable as cold weather is expected.
The Met Office has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert across West Sussex between 3pm today and 9pm on Sunday 15 January.
There is also a Met Office Yellow warning for snow in place.
There is an increasing risk of snow showers, severe overnight frost and icy conditions from 10am on Thursday onwards. As a band of rain spreads eastwards on Thursday it is likely to turn wintry during the afternoon, with the potential for heavy snow in some areas of West Sussex at times. As this clears away during the evening, with clear skies a rapid freeze is possible, leading to icy conditions.
The County Council is asking people to look out for others and to take extra care during the cold and icy weather.
Christine Field, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing at West Sussex County Council, said: “The Met Office is warning us it is going to be a lot colder over the next few days.
“If there is anyone you know who might be at particular risk, for example, an older person living on their own, make sure they know what to do to stay warm and are well stocked with food and medications. If you are worried about them you can contact us on 01243 642121.
“Icy ground may be a problem for a few days which can lead to slips and falls that might cause broken bones. You could make a real difference to someone by picking up shopping or medicines so they don’t have to leave their home.”
Top tips to prepare for colder weather:
• Have plenty of warm food and drinks to stay warm.
• If you need to go out dress warm; wear lots of layers and wear shoes with a good, slip-resistant grip to prevent any accidental falls.
• Try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C (65˚F), particularly if you are not mobile.
• If you can’t heat all the rooms you use, heat the living room during the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed.
This may seem obvious, but doing them could help you, or someone you care for, to stay healthy during the colder winter months.
More information can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/get-ready-for-winter.
To find out about free services which can give advice on keeping warm and energy advice contact your local wellbeing hub at www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk.
Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’
Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.
Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.
A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:
“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.
“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”
A further update will be issued later today.
The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.
If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.
WSCC have offered some general advice including:
• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.
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