Weather warning issued - our advice on how to stay safe

An amber weather warning has been issued for all areas in Gwent. Rain will arrive from the southwest this afternoon around 3pm, Thursday 31st January which will quickly turn to snow, becoming heavy at times. It’s estimated 3 to 7 cm is likely to accumulate quickly - within two to three hours - with up to 10 cm in some places of higher ground in Gwent. 


As the snow is anticipated at our peak time for rush hour traffic as people make their way home from work and school, please take care on our roads! Any non-urgent travel should be avoided if possible but if you have to head out, please drive to the conditions.  


Our officers will be working as usual to keep you safe and will be responding to calls. We do have extra 4x4 vehicles on hand if the roads do become difficult to travel on, and we’re working with our partner agencies including Local Authorities, Fire and Rescue Service and the Health Board to ensure all services continue in the bad weather. 


Here’s some useful information;


Be prepared!

If it’s essential you travel, please ensure you have adequately prepared for the conditions. Ensure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothes, food and water in the event you’re delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan alternative routes if necessary. 


Gritting Routes

Take a look at your Local Authority website pages for all gritting routes. Priority routes will be pre-gritted and gritting and ploughing teams will be working to clear roads.


Public Transport

For public transport information, contact Traveline Cymru on 0300 200 2233.


Clearing snow and ice from pavements

You can clear snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. The yellow grit bins are there for residents to use on local trouble spots – please use the salt sensibly, as a thin layer is usually all that is needed to be effective. Advice and information is available on www.gov.uk 


Frozen Pipes - Top Tips from D?r Cymru Welsh Water

During the cold weather, residents often have trouble with frozen pipes. A drop in temperature can cause water in pipes to freeze, triggering a burst when it thaws. A repair is then urgently needed, bringing you expense and inconvenience at a time of year when you’d least want to face it. To help you to have a stress-free winter, D?r Cymru Welsh Water have some top tips on protecting your home over the colder months. Check their website www.dwrcymru.com/  for more information.


As always, in an emergency, please call 999 or if it’s less urgent, dial 101. You can also send a direct message to us via our Gwent Police social media pages on Facebook or Twitter.