29 November 2010

With the county suffering sub-zero temperatures and snow forecast for tonight Northamptonshire County Council’s snow desk is set to come into operation from 6:00 p.m. this evening.

The authority’s gritting teams are due to set out at 7:00 p.m. today with gritting lorries then remaining on standby for the rest of the night in readiness for returning to the highways with snow ploughs.

Air temperatures are expected to plunge to minus 3.5C overnight but road temperatures are forecast to go even lower to minus 6C.

The snow is expected to arrive between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. from the north and east with between one and two inches of snow likely to fall overnight. It is anticipated that further snow will fall throughout tomorrow in the form of snow showers.

Cllr Heather Smith, county council cabinet member for highways, minerals and waste, said: “It’s unusual to have such cold weather for such a sustained period in November but our grit barns are well stocked and our gritting fleet is ready to go.

“The north of the county has been hardest hit by the winter weather so far and this looks to continue this evening too.”

Gritting lorries went out on Saturday and Sunday afternoons focusing on priority one routes. What is also knows as ‘spot gritting’ also took place – focusing on areas where there had been water leaks and other wet areas.

Fleets also went out this morning to grit priority two routes.

The weather is expected to remain cold for the rest of the week with further snow showers expected in the next few days.