Snow warn­ing for Cat and Fid­dle

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

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

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