Salt storage needed as 2020 to see worst winter since 2013

New research from University College London suggests that January and February 2020 could see the return of the ‘Beast from the East’, which froze the UK to a standstill in 2018.

The leader of the UCL research team, Mark Saunders, told the Sunday Times: “This would rank the 2020 January-February central England temperature as the coldest winter since 2013 and January-February 2020 as the seventh coldest winter in the past 30 years.”

The UCL researchers measured factors such as changes of sunlight and pressure adjustments in the North Atlantic Oscillation to make their prediction.

Alex Burkill, Met Office meteorologist, told WalesOnline: “There is a chance that it will be a colder than average winter. I think there’s a fairly good chance it will be colder than last year, partly because last winter was fairly mild.”

He went on to clarify, “But the Met Office isn’t saying it’s going to be the coldest winter in 10 years at the moment because it’s far too early to tell.”

Whether 2020 will see one of the coldest winters in 30 years or not, local councils will need to prepare for the worst in order to keep our roads flowing steadily. We will have to wait until the annual Winter Weather Survey in October to have an idea of their plans, but they will most likely include an increase in salt stockpiles and storage facilities.

gateshead council salt storage facility

With weather becoming increasingly severe and unpredictable, local authorities must ensure they can effectively respond to whatever winter brings. An essential part of this is establishing salt warehouse facilities that can be relied upon whatever the situation, in which Rubb is a proud industry leader.

To demonstrate this, Rubb revisited Gateshead Council’s salt storage facility to see how our work has stood the test of time. Needless to say, the results were impressive.