Forecast is now online

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LATEST weather information and advice is being made available to residents.

North Tyneside Council has created a ‘Winter services and support’ section which includes daily weather forecasts for the borough, details of road gritting treatments, grit bin locations and advice about what to do in severe weather.

Information about school closures or disruption to bin collections can also be added.

The updates can be received by following the council on social networking site Twitter at twitter.com/NTCouncilTeam

Coun Pam McIntyre, cabinet member for engagement and the environment, said: “As well as ensuring we have more grit bins and our largest ever stockpile of rock salt, we’re providing more winter weather information than ever before too.

“Tens of thousands of residents used the winter section of our website last year for information about council services and school closures.

“This year we’ve made some improvements, such as a daily weather forecast, which we hope people find useful.”

To view the section on the website visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk/winter

The website is updated at around 3pm each day with a weather forecast for the borough and any details of planned road gritting.

Last year, from November 29 to December 5, there were 115,454 visits to the winter pages of the council’s website. This compared to an average of 98,813 weekly visits to the whole council website during 2010.