01 December 2010

With temperatures remaining below freezing Northamptonshire County Council’s snow desk continues to operate with gritting fleets working throughout the night to keep roads across the county safe.

The authority’s 27 gritting lorries left the depots at Brixworth, Towcester and Rushden at 6:00 p.m. yesterday to treat the precautionary network with patrols also dealing with isolated incidents which had been reported.

Crews worked with other services at a burst water main in Guilsborough, closing the road from 8:00 p.m. This was to ensure that once Anglian Water had carried out the repair, the highway would be free of ice.

With minimal additional snow overnight, another gritting run was carried out this morning to address areas that needed treating, in time for rush hour.

The minimum road surface temperature recorded in the county was measured in Rothwell at minus 6.4C.

The snow desk will continue to be operate throughout the day and crews are out refilling grit bins where needed and treating paths in the main pedestrian and shopping areas.

Today is expected to be sunny and dry, largely fine this afternoon, but bitterly cold - an isolated snow shower is possible. Overnight, it will be cold and breezy - a risk of snow showers spreading up from the south but a further update will be provided this afternoon.

As snow has thawed and temperatures remain below freezing there is a risk of ice. Drivers and pedestrians are urged to be extra careful.