Weather Updates

WE WILL try to keep you updated on any travel restrictions, road closures and possible school closures in the borough.

Central London is clear. Gatwick and Luton airports are closed (0630 hrs) M25 is clear.

Train services via Ockendon are now running normally in the Grays area. Engineers have worked as fast as possible to restore services to normal.

Essex Police dealt with more than 180 weather-related incidents as heavy snow fell on much of the county during Thursday night and Friday morning. (December 17 and 18)

Between 10pm and 5am the calls included 20 to road collisions, 25 fallen power cables and 16 downed trees. Fortunately there were no reports of serious injuries at any of the incidents. There were also 36 calls to youths causing a nuisance by throwing snowballs at passing vehicles or at properties and 29 calls about road affected by ice or snow. Most of the other calls involved stranded vehicles.

A number of car and lorry drivers slept in their vehicles until gritters and snowploughs were able to reach them and open the roads.

Chief Inspector Jon Dodman, who was in charge of an emergency special operations centre at Essex Police headquarters, said: “With further snow forecast over the next few days I would advise people to only make journeys if they are absolutely necessary.

“If you have to drive leave plenty of time for your journey, drive slowly and leave a large distance between you and the vehicle in front.

“It is advisable to make sure you have a mobile phone, a shovel, a blanket and a flask of hot drink with you just in case you do get stuck.”

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