Huge pile of grit ready for Stoke-on-Trent as UK set for snow – Stoke-on-Trent Live

Forecasters believe some areas will be hit by snow in the coming weeks
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Thousands of tonnes of grit and salt are ready for Stoke-on-Trent's roads and pavements – as the city is braced for temperatures to plummet. The preparations come as forecasters believe parts of the UK could be hit by wintry conditions.
Such predicted conditions represent a far cry from the current conditions with Stoke-on-Trent in the midst of a 24-hour yellow weather warning for rain until midnight tonight (November 17). But meteorologists believe it could soon start feeling quite cold across the country.
Forecasters even believe some parts of the country could see snow flurries this week. In North Staffordshire, temperatures will begin to dip on Saturday when at night it will feel as cold as 2C.
READ: North Staffordshire flood alerts as 'hours of rain' predicted
The Met Office says next week will see temperatures struggling to get past 8C with some cold mornings and nights. Meanwhile forecasters with the BBC believe there's going to be more rain next week.
Long-range forecasters AccuWeather say November will see lows of 1C in the Potteries by the end of the month. December will see lows of 1C too – and highs of 10C at times.
Meteorologists are predicting some parts of the country could see some snow in the first two weeks of December. There's a chance of flurries in 'central areas' along with parts of the north.
In preparation for the colder conditions Stoke-on-Trent City Council has a huge quantity of salt and grit as leaders bow to keep the roads of the Potteries moving. In a video at the highways hub, councillor Dan Jellyman, cabinet member for highways at the city council, said: "I'm down here at the city's salt and grit barn where we've got 4,600 tonnes of the stuff ready to go out on the city's highways and pavements this winter when temperatures fall to freezing.
"We're going to keep our roads moving through ice and through snow in Stoke-on-Trent. So look out for our gritters, you can follow them online at any time when the temperatures hit zero. And stay safe out there."
Nationally and the Mirror reports how meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth added that fog and frost is also likely to follow towards the end of the month after recent weeks saw extreme weather brought about by Storm Claudio. She added: "With average temperatures for this time of November, you can get rain falling as snow on the high grounds of Scotland as well as potentially the high ground of England and Northern Ireland. For the end of November, it generally looks like we’ll see high pressure and lots of dry and settled weather.
“That could bring some colder nights. There are no major signals for snow but we can see frost and fog becoming a little more likely into the back end of November.”
Just today and the Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain for parts of Scotland around Aberdeen where 'homes and businesses are likely to be flooded'. Met Office Chief Meteorologist Matthew Lehnert said: “Bands of rain associated with this low-pressure will be heavy in places and will bring with it the potential for some flooding and travel disruption.
“The heaviest rain will gradually move north on Thursday and Friday, with further warnings issued. Parts of eastern of Scotland are likely to see between 50 and 70 mm of rain, with in excess of 100 mm possible across the hills of Angus and Aberdeenshire. Coupled with this system are some strong winds, with gusts of around 50 mph possible along coasts.
“The heaviest rain will relent late on Friday for those in the north and east, although it will leave behind some lighter rain for a time on Saturday.”
This is what the Met Office says the UK can expect between November 21 and November 30: "On Monday, showers are likely across the northeast, elsewhere a drier and brighter start to the week followed by rain, heavy at times, quickly arriving from the west. Unsettled conditions continue into the week, bringing further persistent rain particularly to western areas, this making uncertain northeastwards progress across the country, perhaps bringing some transient snow over upland areas of northern Britain.
"Moderate to strong winds are likely, with spells of gales across the west and northwest at times. Towards the end of November, unsettled conditions are likely to dominate with showers, rain and a risk of gales across most of the UK, particularly western and northwestern areas. Temperatures are expected to be remain around average for the season, with a small chance of some overnight frost."
Between December 1 and December 15: "There is a degree of uncertainty in the forecast for this period. The more likely outcome is that conditions will become generally settled as high pressure moves towards or develops near the UK, bringing drier and calmer weather than of late. Temperatures are likely to trend from near average towards below average at times, with an increased risk of frost and fog.
"There is however a chance that low pressure systems will run to the south of the UK, at least for a time, whilst northern areas remain drier, allowing colder air to become more established further north. This scenario would increase the chance of snow across central areas, with perhaps wintry showers in parts of the north."
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