Snow and severe cold weather can cause disruption and can also affect more vulnerable people.
In the event of severe cold weather in Cornwall, you can get the latest updates by:
- Reading our media releases
- Follow Cornwall Council on Facebook and Twitter
- If you use Twitter, we will tweet relevant updates using the tag #CCsnow
- Advice for preparing for and dealing with severe cold weather
- Met Office UK weather warnings for rain, snow, wind, fog and ice.Choose your location to keep up to date with local weather warnings.
- The 'Warm home discount scheme'
- Winter Wellbeing - information for those who are elderly, caring for young children or in poor health and worried about fuel bills, debt, keeping safe and warm or their homes being cold or damp.
- Community Energy Plus helpline on Freephone 0800 954 1956, or email: email@example.com for further information and advice.
Driving in snow, ice and wintry conditions requires extra care and preparation, and you should only drive when absolutely necessary. Please read our guidelines on safe winter driving.
If schools are closed due to bad weather they will be listed on the school closures page.
Follow our treatment on Twitter @CORMACltd - Our intended actions are posted automatically (24/7) as soon as we make the decision.
In the event of snow, weather conditions will be assessed early on each day with the decision undertaken regarding collections based on the following:
- Ability of the collection crews to travel to the relevant depot
- Conditions regarding driving and collection crew safety being favourable to collections
- Weather forecast for the day.
Conditions will be assessed throughout the day in question with the contractor constantly monitoring ability for the crews to collect. If the weather conditions are deemed too dangerous or unfavourable at the start of the day, or collection crews cannot access the depot the contractor will either:
- Arrange collection of crews from the most accessible road near to their homes
- Delay collections until later in the day
- Cancel collections for inaccessible areas, which can either be undertaken later in the week or cancelled until the following week
- Cancel all collections
No collections will take place if the safety of the staff or public will be put at risk through slips, trips falls, or lack of vehicle control from attempting collections.
You can view a five day weather forecast for Cornwall on the BBC Cornwall website (please note that this defaults to Truro but you can choose a more specific area if you wish).