Bristol City Council has also issued advice (below) for people preparing to make their way home this afternoon and ahead of the weekend.
Temperatures are set to drop into this evening and conditions are expected to be difficult tonight and into Saturday and Sunday morning. However, all priority roads are being continually gritted and are operating effectively and we expect buses to be running. Conditions on side roads and pavements will be more difficult, and residents are asked to take extra care and to check in on elderly and vulnerable neighbours.
The council is making precautionary plans for further disruption over the weekend and into Monday morning, but temperatures are expected to rise on Sunday and therefore we anticipate that the snow should melt assisted by forecast rain overnight Sunday. People are advised to take notice of weather forecasts.
Most of the city’s schools have been closed today but are expected to open as usual on Monday. Check Bristol City Council’s school closures website for updates.
The community meals service has been operating as normal today, with only minor disruption on some more isolated routes. Some service users were given an extra frozen meal as a precaution yesterday. Additional engineer support has been added for emergency repairs for council housing tenants this weekend, such as boiler breakdowns. The service is operating for emergency repairs only and residents are kindly asked to contact the service again next week for routine work.
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said: “The city’s workforce has done us proud today, ensuring that everything from roads and buses to social care home visits and the community meals service have operated as close as possible to normal.
“One member of staff walked three miles from Southville to Redfield Lodge care home this morning to support residents with dementia. One of our reablement support assistants called in on her day off this morning and walked to visit three vulnerable citizens living close to her home.
“All this on a day when we have royal visitors in town – who have really been given a glimpse of what makes this city special.
“But temperatures are set to drop tonight and through tomorrow, so please avoid unnecessary journeys, check in on vulnerable and elderly neighbours and if you see anyone who may seem at risk of rough sleeping, ask them to go the Compass Centre or call Street Link.”
Bristol City Council has given the following service updates:
- Bristol Waste has not been able to carry out refuse and recycling collections today. Visit http://www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/ for updates on replacement collections next week. Household waste and recycling centres are closed today (Friday). Further updates about weekend openings will also be made available on the Bristol Waste website
- First Bus is reporting some reduced services in out of town areas, but city centre routes are operating. Passengers are advised to check the First Bus website firstgroup.com/bristol-bath-and-west and social media: Facebook – search First West of England Twitter @FirstBSA
- Yellow grit bins have all been filled but people can report empty grit bins via Bristol City Council’s website here and on the Bristol City Council home page.
- Some of Bristol’s libraries are closed, but many have managed to open and are planning to maintain normal opening hours over the weekend. People are advised to check the Library Finder webpage for latest updates before heading to their library.
- Bristol City Council’s repairs service for council housing is working on emergency repairs only today and over the weekend. For non-emergency requests, residents are kindly asked to contact the service again next week for routine repairs
- The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol is in place and extra shelter beds are available for people at risk of rough sleeping. The Compass Centre will be open 24 hours a day over the weekend. If you have any concerns about anyone sleeping rough please contact Street Link on 0300 5000914
- Bristol City Council’s residential units and Reablement Service are running as normal, with staff walking to visits where roads are difficult to pass. Home care services commissioned by Bristol City Council have also been running as normal and emergency requests for support have been responded to.
- Bristol City Council’s children’s social work services have continued to operate as normal with staff supporting the service from area offices.
- Bristol City Council’s Parks Service would like to remind people to keep parks tidy when they’re out enjoying the snow. Last year the service cleared several truck-loads of broken sledges, pallets and other material used for sledging. Please take rubbish home with you.