Met Office

Our service is triggered by predictive weather forecasts issued daily.

salting based on statistical and analytical data

text alert system

Every day at 12 pm, the MET Office supplies O’Brien’s with a comprehensive hourly weather forecast and accompanying information for each site we serve. O’Brien’s then assesses each site individually, taking into account the temperature conditions and the severity of the weather. The reports are colour coded with hourly and three-hourly segments of road surface temperature, air temperature, road state and likely amount of rainfall and snowfall.

Green - Safe - +2°C
Yellow - Low Risk of Frost, ice or Snow - +0.6°C to +1.9°C
Orange - Higher Risk of Frost Ice or Snow - +0.5°C or Below
Red - Frost , Ice or Snow very likely to occur


‘RED’ alerts

We will mobilise based on a “Red” forecast alert and this can extend to “Orange” or “Yellow” reports on request.

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24/7 Monitoring

Safeguarding staff and visitors, ensuring uninterrupted access to your property allowing normal business continuity.

Be confident that your site will only be cleared or salted based on statistical and analytical data, not on hearsay!


Below Is our fAQ

Salt is used to prevent ice formation on roadways and pavements during winter. It lowers the freezing point of water, effectively melting ice and snow, making surfaces safer for pedestrians and vehicles.

The frequency of salt application may vary depending on the specific weather conditions and the severity of the winter season. Generally, salting is done before or during anticipated freezing events, and possibly afterwards to prevent refreezing.

The amount of salt required depends on the surface area to be treated, the temperature, and the severity of the ice or snow accumulation. Generally, applying salt in moderation and in accordance with manufacturer guidelines is advised to balance effectiveness and environmental concerns.

Achieving even salt distribution is crucial for maximizing the effects of de-icing. O’Briens provide guidance on using proper equipment, like salt spreaders, to ensure consistent coverage and reduce waste.

Yes, salting after snowfall can be effective in preventing further ice formation. The salt will aid in melting the snow and create a slushy surface that is easier to remove.

Winter salting may work differently on various road surfaces. O’Brien’s can offer insights into the effectiveness of salting on concrete, asphalt, and other materials and recommend appropriate strategies.

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