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Gritting and cold weather advice

During the winter months, this page will be regularly updated with details of any disruption to Middlesbrough's roads due to bad weather.

Information can be found below on where and when the gritters will be in action, a link to the latest weather forecast, opening times and closures of venues and winter driving tips. If any school closures occur this will also be added here along with other useful information to help you cope with the winter weather.

To report a problem or request additional supplies for a salt bin located near you please complete the online form.  

For live updates follow us on twitter @mbrocouncil and look out for #mbrowinter.

Latest update 12 January 2017

Breezy with sunny spells and scattered sleet and snow showers. Tonight, the sleet and snow showers should ease for a time to leave clear periods. An area of more persistent sleet and snow is then expected to spread southwards in the early hours and the wind will increase. However, there is a risk of some less cold air mixing in towards the coast which may briefly turn it to rain here. On Friday it will be windy and the area of sleet and snow should soon clear southwards to leave it mainly fine. A cold night with Road temperatures widely below zero. Low confidence concerning wintry showers this evening and before midnight. Also low confidence concerning the extent and timing of an area of sleet and snow pushing south during the early hours, so the snow amounts too. Snow summary: Thursday 12noon to 6pm: Risk of a slight temporary covering of snow above 100 metres, but snow could fall down to sea level, but confidence is low. Tonight 3am to 6am: Risk of accumulations of 1-3cm down to sea level, but confidence is low. Friday 6am to 12noon: Accumulations of 1-2cm possible away from the coast.

Gritting will take place from 1pm this afternoon and again at 4am.

Previous gritting

Gritting runs within the last 5 days:


School closures

There are currently no school closures in Middlesbrough due to the weather.

Key stats for winter 2016/17

  • First grit this season - 02/11/2016
  • Distance covered per gritting run (five routes) - 180 miles
  • Total time to grit all routes - 2 hours
  • Number of gritters - 7
  • Amount of grit - 4,000 tonnes, further stocks available if necessary
  • Amount of grit used last year (2015/16) - 2,000 tonnes

Gritting routes

Middlesbrough has five priority gritting routes totalling 180 miles. Details of which routes are due to be gritted and when will be listed above. You can also view the gritting routes map.

Weather forecast

Visit the Met Office Website for a detailed, up to date weather forecast.

Are you ready for winter?

Middlesbrough Staying Put Agency works with hundreds of older and vulnerable clients every year.

One Planet Middlesbrough has a checklist which gives advice on ensuring you're ready to cope with cold weather.

Winter health

View a simple guide to staying well this winter.

You can also read further information from NHS Choices on looking after yourself this winter.

Help for older people

Winter driving tips

Beat the freeze

Essential information and tips to help protect your property from frozen and burst pipes during cold weather.

Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself

Useful advice for anyone clearing snow from pavements or public spaces.