Prepare for winter weather

13th August, 2015

If you think Mother Nature has delivered a mixed bunch weather-wise for your area this summer, spare a thought for people living in the Scottish Highlands. No sooner had they been basking in temperatures that rocketed above 30°C, than they were reaching for a jumper as they plummeted below freezing at the end of July. Yes, during the last week of JULY gritting lorries were spotted for the second time in the space of a few weeks on the A90 in Scotland.

Of course, snow in Scotland at this time of year is not uncommon. Much of the winter snow, especially in areas such as the Cairngorm region, will last well into August and September before melting. Some will even last all year round.

  • In the UK we receive an average of 23.7 days of snow fall and sleet every year
  • This figure is much higher in Scotland, where on average there is snow fall or sleet on 38 days of the year
  • In the Cairngorms, which is statistically the snowiest place in the UK, there is on average 76 days of snow fall and sleet every year
  • If you are not a fan of the white stuff, Cornwall is the place to be. People living there see an average of just 7 days of snow fall each year

Being Prepared For Winter

No matter where in the UK you are based, it always pays to have a winter maintenance plan in place to ensure that your business or organisation is adequately prepared for the worst of winter conditions. At Ice Watch we provide nationwide snow clearance and gritting services to help keep your staff and visitors safe, and your business fully operational during the winter months.

Our gritting service involves:

  • Receiving localised weather forecasts: These are analysed by our operations team, all of whom have been trained by experts at the Met Office. They will take into consideration factors such as ground temperature, moisture levels and the duration of ice risk when deciding whether it is necessary to undertake gritting.
  • Communicating with designated contacts: If the threat of snow or ice results in the necessity to carry out gritting, we will communicate with the designated point of contact in the early afternoon via text or email to advise when this will happen.
  • Carrying out gritting: All of our gritting operatives have received full training and will ensure that where gritting is required, it is carried out at the appropriate time.
  • Confirmation gritting has taken place: If gritting has taken place, we will send an email confirmation the following morning to the designated point of contact.

You can find out more information about our winter maintenance services by clicking here. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01728 633900 or drop us an email to

Tractor clearing snow from car park

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