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Northern Powergrid prepares for snow and ice after Met Office issues weather warning

Northern Powergrid Credit: PA

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for delivering power to around 3 million homes and businesses across the North East and Yorkshire has confirmed that it's prepared should the forecasted heavy localised snow showers, ice and strong winds affect its powers network.

The Met Office has predicted that the region will be hit by localised heavy snow showers throughout the weekend with snowfall of up to 15cms in some areas.

The Met Office has issued weather warnings Credit: Met Office

Ice and severe gales are also expected to cause issues.

Paul Simpkin, network operations manager, said:

We’re monitoring the weather very closely and have already taken action to ensure that we have extra engineers ready to restore power and carry out repairs if there is any damage to our network as a result of the weather conditions.

We’ve got our fleet of 4x4 and other specialist access equipment on standby should the forecasted snow and ice make travel and site access difficult.

Our local 24-hour contact centre is also ready with additional advisors – who can be reached by calling the free 105 power cut number - as well as teams in other locations around our business who will be ready to offer our customers support and advice.

– Paul Simpkin, Northern Powergrid
Customers can keep up to date by visiting the Power Cut Map on the Northern Powergrid website

The provider is urging customers to report any power cuts over the weekend and keep update with the work being done to restore power by visiting their Power Cut Map online.

We’re encouraging customers to take a few minutes to add 105 and bookmark our website on their mobile phones so they are ready to use our services if they need to.

They may also want to watch our short and informative videos, which will help them know exactly what to do if they do have a power cut.”

– Paul Simpkin, Northern Powergrid

The electricity distribution company manages a network of 63,000 substations and more than 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables.

Customers with a disability, medical condition or very young families, who may need greater assistance during a power cut and have signed up to the company’s Priority Services Register, will be kept updated as a priority.

Northern Powergrid says it is will deploy customer support vehicles during prolonged power cuts to help local communities by offering practical support such as stay-warm packs and hot drinks.

Northern Powergrid is urging anyone who spots any damaged cables or other equipment not to approach the area, but to report it immediately by calling 105.