An 'ice' road sign by a snow-covered country road.

Independent gritting

Road surface temperatures can be different to air temperatures. With this in mind, we can provide site specific, road surface forecasts to enable you to confidently identify the right time to grit your customer's premises.

Our road surface forecasts

We offer two main types of road surface forecast:

  1. Site specific forecasts

    A high-resolution forecast for a specific site that you maintain.
  2. Regional and national site forecasts

    Ideal if you manage multiple sites, or are planning to expand. We can provide regional and national forecasts scientifically allocated to postcode districts.

Key product features

  • Accurate and reliable weather forecasts from a recognised and respected authority instills confidence in your customers. (Watch the video to discover how we scientifically select the most representative forecast sites to provide the most accurate information).
  • Information delivered in a format to suit you, whether as a PDF or CSV file
  • 24-hour forecasts for the nearest available site in one- and three-hourly segmented forecasts, identifying likely amount of snowfall, minimum road surface temperature, road state and readiness colour state
  • The option of a forecaster's summary for nights two to five, covering a range of weather parameters, text summaries and outlook
  • The option of telephone consultancy direct to a forecaster

Weather Basics training for winter services and gritting operators

Learn about basic meteorology principles to better inform your operational decisions around winter services. Find out about our Weather Basics course.

Why choose the Met Office

We have been a trusted provider to the road sector for over 20 years and work with gritting contractors of all sizes to provide accurate road forecasts.

We are a leading scientific organisation and the national provider of public weather services. Watch our series of videos explaining some of the science behind our road forecasts.

OpenSite temperature explainer

Find out about the theory behind road surface temperatures. The key differences are highlighted between road, grass, air and windscreen temperatures on a typical winter night.

Snow explainer videos

Learn about how we forecast snow.

Snow explainer 1 - In this first video, Operational Meteorologist Daniel Lowe looks at the different types of winter precipitation and their effects on tarmac areas such as roads, pavements and car parks across the UK.

Snow explainer 2 - Daniel Lowe explains why snow is so difficult to forecast. It explores some of the different factors that affect where, when and how much snow falls and settles on the ground.

Snow explainer 3 - In the final video of the series, Daniel Lowe explores why different types of winter forecasts can give conflicting information, and the factors that make a difference to the types of weather we see on the road surface.

 

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