With winter finally starting to show its face, here are a few links you might find useful.

#B31snowwatch – You can follow our Live Snow Watch updates here or on twitter. Add the #B31SnowWatch hashtag to your tweets to pass on info to others! Thanks.

Birmingham City Council’s Weather Disruption page is full of useful links and information including useful links to weather and travel information services and a full list of schools and their operating status.

School closures will also be announced on Free Radio and/or BBC WM radio. Do make sure you check with your school what their policy is re. informing about school closures in adverse weather. You may find they will place an announcement on their school website, in the first instance, or send out group text messages if they use this kind of service. If your school does use a text or email messaging based service, make sure the details that they hold for you are up to date.

Free Radio’s list of school closures can be found here

Winter driving tips from BCC

Last year, BCC Newsroom produced a handy guide with winter weather travel tips.

Local contributors to Open Street Map have mapped out gritting routes and priorities throughout Birmingham on a user generated map.

Last year, Birmingham City Council teamed up with eight other West Midlands local authorities and are using the twitter hashtag #wmgrit to post gritting updates throughout the region. You can follow the “Twitter Gritter” updates on twitter or view them in the widget below:

West Midlands Police Birmingham South Local Policing Unit advice to car owners not to leave their cars running unattended to de-ice on cold mornings following a spate of opportunistic thefts.

So, take care this winter and don’t forget to keep an eye out for elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours!

If you know of any other useful local sources of help, advice & information relevant for the winter months, please leave a comment below.



  1. read your site occasionally , I am originally from West Heath. Just to let you know it was 31 degrees C in Oyster Bay NSW, and expecting over 40 at the weekend. One extreme to the other

  2. https://alert.birminghamprepared.gov.uk/registration/

    Birmingham Community Alert is a facility provided free of charge by Birmingham Resilience Team, to enable you to keep up to date with latest developments related to resilience in Birmingham, including emergency alerts in the event of incidents occurring in your area.

    There are a number of options available when you sign up, including how you receive messages (there are a number of options including text message, e-mails, or voice messages) and what type of messages you wish to receive.

  3. thank god we have had a very mild winter so far,i am a great fan of this global warming to be honest,it saves on bills,my god,the energy companys must be very grumpy hoping for a harsh winter so they can rip us of with these price increases.sorry shareholders,you wont be getting much returns on your investments this year thanks to this mild weather ha ha ha,yes there are downsides to a mild winter flooding etc,but best to have a flood prevention plan to protect your homes,just in case.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.