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Winter Advice

11 March 2019

Look after yourself and others this winter

With the cold weather now well and truly upon us, we’re sharing useful information to help residents stay informed, safe and well this winter.



Most schools communicate directly with parents or guardians about closures. However, schools can also post updates on our Emergency Schools Closure page, which is updated daily.

Other closures

During severe weather or unforeseen circumstances, closures may be unavoidable. Check if a site is open:


The Met Office’s Get Winter Ready campaign offers lots of useful advice on how to prepare for and cope with winter weather. 

The Met Office also issue the latest severe weather warnings, giving details on the likely impact to residents in the area.


You can find the latest flood warnings and information from the Environment Agency.



You can find useful information from gritting roads and pavements to winter driving tips on the Essex Highways website.

We concentrate on a specific network of the most important routes to keep everyone moving. This includes A and B roads and those with a frequent bus service. You can check out our salting routes on the Essex Highways website.

We are not responsible for:

  • The A12, A120, M11 and M25 which are maintained by the Highways England, who issue live traffic updates for these roads and more.
  • The A130, between the A12 and the A127 is maintained by County Route Tel: 0845 351 1130.
  • Roads in Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea are maintained by those local authorities.

Where possible we will clear pathways in town centre shopping areas of snow and ice and those to train and bus stations.

If you want to clear snow and ice from your local footpath, information and guidance is available from our Essex Highways website.


Find out some useful tips on how to keep yourself and your family well this winter. Please do remember to look out for elderly friends, neighbours and relatives.

Keep up to date

You can follow Essex County Council on Twitter to keep up to date with travel, highways and what’s happening in our county this winter: