02 December 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting crews treated the precautionary network yesterday at 7:00 p.m. and returned to the roads this morning at 10:00 a.m. to keep the county’s major routes clear.

Last night snow was forecast but this has arrived this morning, later than expected. The current showers of snow are expected to last for about an hour and half and could result in up to 4cms in some areas of the county.

Footways in major pedestrian and shopping areas were also treated last night. Temperatures were once again below freezing with the lowest road surface temperature recorded at Farthinghoe at minus 3C.

The snowdesk is still in operation, with crews currently out refilling grit bins.

Thursday is expected to be breezy with sunny intervals and a few snow showers. Accumulations of up to 1cm are possible.

Any lingering show showers should die away by the evening. This will leave a dry night with clear spells developing. It will turn very cold with a risk of patchy freezing fog. Road surface temperatures will remain below zero through the forecast period with widespread ice.

Early forecasts predict tonight's temperatures to plummet to minus 8.5C with road surface temperatures even lower at minus 10C.

The county council’s website has the gritting routes shown and advice for drivers and pedestrians.