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Weather station installed in Harrogate to alert drivers of treacherous conditions

A new weather station at Harrogate Bypass is one of 23 installed across the county to warn drivers of treacherous conditions this winter.

A new weather station on the A658 Harrogate Bypass is one of 23 installed across the county to warn drivers of treacherous conditions this winter. The weather stations, some of which in more-remote locations are powered by solar and wind technology, display up-to-date images on the County Council’s website. The weather stations monitor humidity, road temperature, air temperature and wind speed. These allow highways teams to track the conditions and quickly react to issues on some of the county’s most exposed routes. County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

"The introduction of more weather stations over recent months marks a huge step forward in our winter service delivery. "Many of North Yorkshire’s roads pass over the high ground of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors, resulting in dangerous driving conditions at times during the winter months. "The stations broadcast up-to-date images to anybody who views our website. They allow you to see what road conditions are like before you even leave the house."
[caption id="attachment_21855" align="aligncenter" width="1178"] There are now 23 Weather stations across North Yorkshire.[/caption] Some of the stations, like the one in Harrogate, have cameras on them which update every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day. And they've already proved vital in informing highways teams of issues during Storms Arwen and Barra. Cllr Mackenzie added:
"Our teams are on call 24 hours a day ready to respond to conditions that arise, along with over 100 farmer contractors. "By having access to these images we can make quick decisions including whether to deploy some of our 80 gritters or clear debris. "During bouts of extreme weather I would encourage all road users to look at the road conditions before heading out."
See a list of the weather stations and view live images here. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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