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Ice Watch forges partnership with BBC’s global weather specialist

Winter maintenance specialist Ice Watch has partnered with a global weather technology company to help it provide an even better service to it customers across the UK.

The partnership with Meteo, which provides the forecasts for the BBC and hundreds of government agencies worldwide, means Ice Watch can be even more accurate with its gritting and snow clearance services.

The finely tuned improvements come courtesy of Meteo’s 120 strong team of meteorologists and it state of the art technology which provides ultra-accurate forecasting.

The precision of the forecasts will enable the Ice Watch team to distribute their manpower in the most efficient and effective way - ensuring their snow desk is manned 24/7 during times of predicted snowfall, planning precisely when their gritting teams need to start work to enjoy maximum benefit from the salt supplies, and ensuring snow clearing teams are on standby for a callout.

Ice Watch’s in-house meteorologist Timo Strom explained: “Meteo Group give us live road temperatures around the UK and visual aids such as graphs including 15-day and 30-day ensemble forecasts. We also receive detailed road surface temperature forecasts eight days in advance across all of our sites, helping us prepare for any cold spells.

“Customers will also be able to prepare in advance for the impact of inclement weather. And the supercharged new forecasts help us make more accurate decisions. We have human interference both from Meteo Group when delivering the forecast and ourselves when deciding to grit or not.

“Rather than importing the forecast into a computer and letting it making the decisions, we use our experience and expertise to provide customers with a quality service.”