4 December 2017

With winter approaching, we want to make sure that everyone has the information they need to fully prepare for the cold weather ahead.

If adverse weather warnings are issued people can find updates to help them plan for getting around the city, school closures, bin collections and looking after vulnerable neighbours and relatives.


For all information relating to roads this winter, you can view our dedicated page at www.sheffield.gov.uk/winter.

The Streets Ahead team closely monitor the weather forecast throughout the winter months so they can be ready if bad weather arrives. A fleet of 19 gritters are on standby, 24 hours, 7 days a week through until May.

For regular updates on gritters, please follow @sccstreetsahead on Twitter.

For a full guide to winter, read our winter leaflet here Amey Winter Leaflet 4pp A5 CM.

Follow @TSYalerts for updates regarding public transport or go to the Travel South Yorkshire website at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/disruptions.aspx


Sheffield schools will always do their utmost to stay open, however, changes to opening times may occur due to adverse weather.

If you are unsure if your school is opening, you should hear from your child’s school via their usual methods in the first instance.

You can also check all school closures on www.sheffield.gov.uk/schoolclosures

Sign up for your schools winter alerts at www.sheffield.gov.uk/alerts

Follow @sheffcouncil #Sheffschools for regular updates.


Make sure you are prepared for winter, especially if you have long-term health conditions and are over 65.

People can sign up for winter alerts, including Keeping Healthy and Well at www.sheffield.gov.uk/alerts, for information on:

  • keeping warm
  • looking after family members and neighbours
  • emergency care
  • flu vaccinations
  • how to treat a cold
  • looking after you and your home – boiler servicing, washing and drying clothes
  • and much more.


We aim to collect bins as normal. In bad weather, keep an eye on our alerts at www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield and @recycle4Shef.

If bad weather coincides with your usual bin collection day, please put your bin out as usual. We may not be able to collect it at the usual time but will aim to collect it as soon as possible.



Overnight accommodation is offered to anyone who would be sleeping rough during times of extremely cold weather.

Contact Sheffield’s Street Outreach Team on 0800 066 5358 (free from landlines and mobiles). During evenings and weekends please phone Sheffield City Council’s out of hours housing solution service on 0800 7311 689.


We will continue to provide updates on our winter preparations through the channels highlighted in this message.