Thursday, 23 December 2010

Gritters Out In Force in Midlands County

By Ben Aulakh

An East Midlands council has been battling heavy snow and freezing temperatures to keep their road network running.

Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting teams have been treating all priority one and priority two routes, with crews concentrating their efforts in the south with spot gritting and snow ploughing.

Two farmers have also assisted in keeping roads clear of snow after requests off the A508 and the A5 in the south of the county.

Some town centres also received gritting treatment on what was one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Today crews have been out from 3.45am to treat the precautionary network and the snowdesk is in operation, monitoring conditions across the county.

Busy footways in town centres will be inspected and treated as required and grit bins will be checked and replenished.

This morning is forecast to be dry with the freezing fog lifting to leave some bright or sunny intervals; road surface temperatures will be mostly well below zero with widespread ice and hoar frost.

It should remain dry through the day but there is the small chance of some light snow in the far south of the county this afternoon, giving 1-2cm at most.

However, confidence is low regarding this snow's northward progression.

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