Snow and ice in Cornwall

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Snow and cold weather

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

Preparation and advice for cold weather

Driving in snow and ice

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.

School closures

If schools are closed due to bad weather they will be listed on the school closures page.

Salting and Gritting

Follow our treatment on Twitter @CORMACltd - Our intended actions are posted automatically (24/7) as soon as we make the decision.

Waste Collections

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. 

Weather forecast

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).

Met Office: Latest severe weather warnings for Cornwall and the Southwest

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