The winter service can be briefly described as precautionary gritting of the highway based on forecast temperatures and levels of frost, ice or snow. The purpose of this service is to minimise accidents and disruption caused by the weather. Designated routes will be gritted when we determine that carriageway conditions require treatment.
It should be noted that gritting does not guarantee that at any given time the highway will be free of ice or snow, even following treatment as Rock Salt becomes less effective in very heavy snow and also at temperatures below -5 deg. C.
From October to April we receive daily forecasts of expected weather conditions for a 24 hour period and a prediction for the following five days. The forecasts are specific to Coventry and are based on data received from three specialised weather stations across the City, giving information about road temperatures, conditions and existing salt cover. This information is updated every hour, and constantly checked to allow services to act quickly and efficiently.
Further winter weather advice is available from the Met Office's Snow Code.