Winter weather advice

Advice on how snow and cold weather may affect key services and travel in Southampton

With temperatures dropping in the days ahead, we want to ensure that you have the best advice to keep safe, warm and well.

We will update this page as necessary but make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and subscribe to our Stay Connected e-alert service

Waste and Recycling collections back on Tuesday 20 March

Waste and recycling collections will take place as normal on Tuesday and the crews will be staying on to catch up with Monday's cancelled collections.

Winter weather advice for Monday 19 March

Depending on weather conditions some schools may not be able to open today. Current school closures will be listed here as soon as we are able to add them.

Winter weather advice for Sunday 18 March

We will be gritting major routes again from midnight. If the snow is light there will be one run but if the snow is heavier than expected we will keep going.

Snow has settled across the city overnight. Our highways crews have been out gritting priority routes again this morning. With snow falling, we’re working to keep services going. A big thank you to our staff with 4x4s who have volunteered to go out this morning and drive key staff members to work, so our care homes and other essential services aren’t affected. At times like these we concentrate on gritting the main access routes in the city, especially those to places such as the hospital. If you do need grit for your road you can see if there is a grit bin near you by putting your postcode in via our website.

To ensure that you have the best advice to keep safe, warm and well. We will update this bulletin as necessary but make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.

You can learn more about routes and local road maintenance in the winter on the gritting and snow clearance page.

Householders can find information about snow safety in the Met Office's Snow Code.

Resurfacing on Basset Avenue is cancelled for tonight due to the weather conditions.

Gritting priority routes

We are out from 13.00 today (Saturday) gritting priority routes across Southampton.

Bassett Avenue

Bassett Avenue resurfacing has been cancelled for Saturday 17 March 2018.

Waste and recycling

If Southampton does get snow this weekend, we may have to temporarily cease our collections of waste and recycling and other services - such as commercial waste and garden waste collections - until conditions allow us to safely use collection vehicles once more. Should this happen then please bear with us, we will resume our normal collections and collect all missed bins as soon as possible.

The Household Waste and Recycling Centre

The Household Waste and Recycling Centre at First Avenue, Southampton is expected to remain open for normal hours this weekend. We will update this page and our social media accounts if the situation changes.
If you’re planning a visit you can beat the queues by checking out the live webcam (scroll to City Depot Southampton).

Travel advice

Please plan any journeys carefully during winter weather.

We will be gritting priority one routes on Saturday 17 March and will monitor weather forecasts and conditions to determine if further gritting is needed. 

Though we cannot grit all roads, we have established priority routes to treat if required, this includes the main access routes for the city and access routes for Southampton General Hospital; the attention will be on keeping these roads passable.

You can learn more about routes and local road maintenance in the winter on the gritting and snow clearance page.

You can see real-time views of traffic cameras via ROMANSE.

Householders can find information about snow safety in the Met Office's Snow Code.

For real-time information on road conditions please follow @scchighways on Twitter.

Itchen Bridge & Parking

We will review the weather conditions on Saturday night and Sunday morning before determining whether to lift the tolls on the Itchen Bridge at any stage. 

A similar decision will be taken in respect of parking enforcement on Sunday morning, but please be aware that enforcement has a role to play in keeping the highway safe and action may be taken where it is sensible/appropriate to do so. 

Concerns about rough sleepers

Southampton City Council, working with Two Saints, Society of St James and the Salvation Army, has made extra beds available for rough sleepers during the cold winter weather. 

This began in November last year and is in place this weekend due to cold weather conditions forecast for Saturday and Sunday (17 & 18 March), this is an extension of the provision and support made available all year round by the Street Homeless Prevention team at the council. 

Outreach and out of hours staff are available to place rough sleepers to encourage them to take up this offer. The team will also be working to help people into longer term accommodation solutions and to enrol them on support programmes.

If you have any concerns over someone sleeping on the streets, then you should report your concern by contacting our Street Homelessness Team direct by emailing your concerns for any rough sleeper via

City Care Meals on wheels

If you are an existing customer and are concerned that your meal has not been delivered during the usual delivery period (M-F, 11.30-15.30), please call 023 8083 3866.


In the event of severe weather, keep updated on all school closures

Your health

Cold weather can affect your health. For the majority of people, taking a few simple precautions and following guidance from the NHS will ensure that they are safe and warm during cold weather. However, some people may be more at risk of heart attacks, stroke, flu, falls or other ailments. The cold weather can also be dangerous for the elderly, people with long term health conditions, pregnant women and young children.

Learn more from NHS Choices about keeping well in winter.

If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Follow these tips on keeping well in the cold:

  •  Wear several layers of clothes rather than one chunky layer – clothes made from cotton, wool or fleecy fibres help to maintain body heat
  •  Use a hot water bottle or electric blanket to keep warm in bed – but don't use both at the same time
  •  Have at least one hot meal a day – eating regularly helps keep you warm; and make sure you have hot drinks regularly
  • Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so indoors – get up and stretch your legs
  • Stay active – even moderate exercise can help keep you warm
  • Wrap a scarf loosely around your mouth when outdoors – add a hat and wear shoes with a good grip, too
  • If you have a heart or respiratory problem, stay indoors during very cold weather

Remember, some people who are considered to be at most risk can get a flu jab free on the NHS.

Check up on relatives and vulnerable neighbours

It can be really helpful to look in on relatives, older neighbours and those with heart or respiratory (breathing) problems, who make be more vulnerable to the cold to make sure they:

  • Are safe and well
  • Are warm enough - especially overnight
  • Have stocks of food and medicines, so they don't need to go out during very cold weather

If you're worried about a relative or elderly neighbour, contact NHS 999, or call the Age UK helpline on 0800 678 1174 (8am-7pm every day).

If you're concerned that the person may be suffering from hypothermia, contact NHS 999.

Follow these tips to keep you and your family warm and well at home:

  • If you're not very mobile, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, heat your home to at least 18C (65F)
  • Keep your bedroom at 18C all night if you can – and keep the bedroom window closed
  • During the day you may prefer your living room to be slightly warmer than 18c
  • To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), babies should sleep in rooms heated to between 16c and 20c
  • If you're under 65, healthy and active, you can safely have your home cooler than 18c, if you're comfortable
  • Draw curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • Get your heating system checked regularly by a qualified professional

Heating your home

If you are worried about keeping your home warm this winter you can contact Southampton Healthy Homes for support and guidance. 

If you would like to find out more about the service, or would like to refer a family member, neighbour or client, you can contact the Environment Centre (tEC) on Freephone 0800 804 8601 (Mon-Fri 9-5) or email

They also provide an Affordable Warmth Checklist and Keep Warm and Well Advice.

You may be able to claim financial and practical help with heating your home. Grants available include the Winter Fuel Payment and the Cold Weather Payment.

The Energy Saving Trust has advice on how to reduce bills and make your home more energy efficient. They can also advise on grants and schemes available around the UK.

Find out more online from the Energy Saving Trust or call 0300 123 1234 (9am-8pm Monday to Friday).