Snow warning for Cat and Fiddle
THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Macclesfield Forest and the Cat and Fiddle, but says the town itself is likely to avoid any severe snow this week.
Macclesfield Forest and villages at the foot of the peak district could be hit with 3cm-6cm of snow today, while Macclesfield town is expected to experience a light flurry at the most, with temperatures expected to plummet below freezing tomorrow (Thursday).
Alex Burkill, a spokesman from the Met Office, said: “The area is on the south edge of the weather warning, but higher ground will definitely see a few centimetres of snow.
“The wind will pick up as we go through to Thursday, making it feel noticeably colder.”
Colin Townend, from Sutton, runs an advice website on how to drive safely in dangerous conditions.
Colin, 63, began his venture after discovering the landlord at the Cat and Fiddle pub was being inundated with calls about road conditions during the winter.
So the retired chartered engineer decided to fit a webcam to the pub in 2008, allowing concerned drivers to see for themselves what the roads were looking like.
He said: “I’ve done quite a lot of commuting over the Derbyshire and Staffordshire hills over the years, and made many mistakes. So I summarised my experience, looked at what else had been written and pulled it all together.”
The website, which receives about 30,000 hits each year, works in connection with the webcam fitted to the Cat and Fiddle pub on Buxton Road.
Colin added: “The main thing to do it to take it slow and to anticipate what others around you are going to do as well as yourself.”
He also advises clearing all snow from a vehicle before travelling and setting off early before a journey.
A spokesman for Cheshire East Council said they will consider gritting routes as the temperature changes through the week.
For more information go to www.drivinginsnow. net.
» Colin Townend who uns the ‘Driving in Snow’ website