Jan 14 2013 By Jack Griffith
HILLINGDON has seen its first snowfall this winter, with temperatures dipping just below freezing.
An estimated two to three centimetres of snow fell in the borough in the early hours of today (Monday), with the mercury dropping to around -1 degree centigrade.
The Met Office said there was a risk of further snow showers today, and the cold conditions were likely to remain for the whole week, topping out at two or three degrees.
Hillingdon is currently within an area that the Met Office has placed under a yellow weather warning, the least severe stage which urges people to be aware of potentially hazardous conditions.
Hillingdon Council's road-gritting crews have swung into action, and salted priority routes and main roads.
Jean Palmer, Hillingdon's Deputy Chief Executive, said: "We are keeping a close eye on the weather conditions and our service teams are doing everything we can to prepare.
"It’s also important that our residents take precautions if the weather drops and we encourage people to take a look at the information on our website and find out how they can prepare themselves so that they can stay safe and enjoy the snow."
Elderly residents having issues with their central heating can borrow portable heaters for their homes through the council's Heater Loan Scheme.
Anyone receiving a heater is also eligible to claim a one-off grant to cover electricity costs incurred during the loan period. For more information about this scheme, call 01895 556633.
For advice on how to prepare for the wintry weather, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk.winter, of www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/get-ready-for-winter.