This page provides frequently asked questions and answers about what weather information we access to make decisions about treating the borough's roads for in severe winter conditions.
We hope you find the answer to your question here, but if you need more help please call Highways Customer Care on 01443 866511 or email Highways Customer Care.
How do we know when ice and snow is on the way?
We monitor the weather conditions 24 hours a day throughout the highways winter service season. We receive data from our weather stations within the borough and detailed forecasts from the Met Office and make our gritting treatment decisions based on the details provided. We may also visually inspect the roads to verify the information we have from the weather stations and Met Office.
How many weather stations does the council have and where are they?
We have three weather stations in Markham, Hafodyrynys, and Ystrad Mynach. We also have access to another 12 weather stations in neighbouring authorities. These weather stations constantly monitor the weather and road conditions. The information from these and other nearby weather stations help us monitor the conditions and react accordingly.
Why do we need three weather stations?
The borough of Caerphilly covers the many lower lying areas but also covers the higher areas. Due to the varying geography across the borough its climate and weather conditions can vary greatly. The weather stations cover both extremes of the climatic zones and the data they provide help us react to the varying conditions across the borough.