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UK sees snow storms

Posted on: November 30, 2015

Bookies have slashed the odds of a white Christmas following the flurry of snow and bad weather that has swept across Britain over the past two weeks. The first snow of the season arrived on 20 November, with snow showers reported in parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the midlands, and snow falling as far south as Kent and Essex. Last weekend storm Clodagh battered Britain and Ireland, with heavy rain and gales of over 70mph causing major disruptions. Now, forecasters are warning of an unsettled few weeks to come, with the Met Office issuing flood warnings for Wales and the north of England, and snow warnings for the north of Britain.

The First Snow of the Season
On 20 November, the first snow of the winter arrived in some parts of the UK. A Met Office spokesman said the snow did not settle in most areas, but in northern and eastern Scotland and north east England up to 4cm of snow settled overnight.

The flurry of snow prompted William Hill to slash the price of a White Christmas, with

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New winter maintenance contract

Posted on: November 26, 2015

At Ice Watch, we’re committed to protecting UK businesses, big and small, from extreme winter weather. As the weather starts to turn colder, we’re thrilled to announce that we have secured a two-year contract to carry out gritting and snow clearing services for Yorkshire Water, who supply the region with 1.24 billion litres of drinking water a day.

The £500,000 deal will ensure Ice Watch keeps over 120 of Yorkshire Water’s top operational sites and 2,000 occasional sites across the region free of snow and ice so that essential operational work can continue throughout winter. In addition to carrying out vital winter maintenance work on Yorkshire Water’s key water treatment works, reservoirs and pumping stations, we will also ensure that all administrative offices and call centres are kept free of ice and snow to ensure business continuity.

As part of the contract, Ice Watch’s team of expert meteorologists trained by the Met Office will monitor weather patterns and provide Yorkshire Water with accurate forecasts. The deal will also create 32 seasonal maintenance jobs in Yorkshir

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Protect your pipes from freezing weather

Posted on: November 17, 2015

Every day, members of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) pay out £2.5 million to ‘escape of water’ claims – many due to pipes freezing or bursting in the winter months. A significant amount of this damage and inconvenience could be avoided with simple preventative measures, and this winter it’s more important than ever to be alert. During the winter of 2010, which saw the UK’s coldest December since records began, insurers handled 3,500 claims for burst pipe damage every day. This winter could be even colder. According to the ABI, the average insurance claim for a burst water pipe is from £6,500 to £7,500 – so take these simple steps and don’t be one of the thousands left with the misery of freezing pipes this winter.

Why Pipes Freeze and Burst
Pipes freeze when they become too cold – normally because they haven’t been properly insulated, are inside cupboards, or are exposed to draughts. When water freezes, it expands inside your pip

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Winter weather leaves Brits run-down

Posted on: November 12, 2015

Three in four Brits feel tired and ‘run down’ at winter, new research has shown.

The Findings
A survey of 2,000 adults found that the average Brit is ill or injured for over six months a year – and that’s normally at winter. The research, commissioned by Tetley Tea, found that we are three times more likely to feel ‘run down’ or tired during the winter months.

According to the data, the average adult suffers from two sore throats, four headaches and three colds every winter. And as the most likely time to catch a cold is in the first two weeks of November, many of us may already be ill.

Illness in the Workplace
For business owners, these findings have a serious edge. Keeping things running when three-quarters of your workforce is unwell is especially difficult for small to medium businesses. Seasonal illness has a serious impact on the workplace, with one of Britain’s top 30 winter complaints being co-workers coming to work when they are ill.

This year’s annual Fisherman’s Friend Cold and Flu Survey found the number of ‘sick days’ UK workers a

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Snow on Christmas Day this year?

Posted on: November 3, 2015

Bookies have slashed the odds on a white Christmas from 5/1 to 2/1 – and it’s no surprise. Some forecasters are warning of a harsh winter ahead, with some experts predicting 36 days of snow and the coldest Christmas in five years.

What is a white Christmas?
For many of us, a white Christmas means a thick blanket of snow on Christmas day, but if you’re placing bets, the definition is for a single snowflake observed falling during 25 December at a specified location. According to Met Office data, this has happened 38 times in the last 52 years, so technically over half of our Christmases have been white. However, there has only been a widespread covering of snow on the ground four times in the last 51 years – so if you’re hoping for a beautiful festive scene for Christmas, it’s much rarer.

How many white Christmases have

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