On Sunday 25th October, British Summer Time (BST) drew to a close – as we all turned our clocks backward by an hour and reverted to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
While many of us will be firmly tucked up indoors during the colder and darker nights, the De-ice team of operators (gritters) will be working hard across the country – gritting and snow clearing pathways, car parks and access points, helping to make Britain a safer place to wake up to each morning.
The clock change marks the start of the official winter gritting season, and – according to reports – De-ice could be in for a busy year. Vicky Lopez, founder and director, comments: “Clearly, we weren’t out gritting on Sunday 25th – given the current mild weather we are experiencing, but we’re ready for whatever the weather is likely to throw at us from now onwards.
“We are hearing reports of the strongest El Niño for 65 years and the cold blob in the Atlantic and how they could – potentially – shape our weather. Who knows if we will see severe flooding or heavy snow, but we all need to be prepared, because we almost certainly look set to have some very unsettled weather ahead.”
De-Ice also works closely with the MeteoGroup, Europe’s largest private weather forecasters to make sure they have the best advice available at the earliest possible opportunity both in pre-winter planning and operationally should severe weather occur.
Lopez adds: “We have spent all summer planning and getting prepared – ensuring that we and our customers will never be caught out. Increasing numbers of organisations across the private and public sectors are becoming aware of the importance of having an effective winter maintenance programme, and – this year – we look forward to supporting more than ever before.”