17 December 2010

With temperatures well below freezing Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting teams have been carrying out treatment on the county’s precautionary network.

The 27-strong fleet went out at 3:00 p.m. yesterday and again at 3:00 a.m. today as temperatures plunged to as low as minus 6C in places. Footways in busy town centres were treated at 9:00 a.m. today.

This afternoon is expected to be mostly dry but cold with road surface temperatures either below zero or dropping back below zero with local icy patches.

Gritting fleets are due to go out once again from 6:00 p.m. to treat the precautionary network.

Much of the night will be dry and cold with air temperatures forecast to drop to minus 5C and road temperatures expected to plummet to minus 8C.

After 3:00 a.m. there is a growing risk of snow showers arriving from the west, with a light covering of snow expected to develop through the morning.

Up to 1-3cms of snow could fall through tomorrow morning, although north-eastern parts of the county may stay dry until the afternoon. Some significant snowfall is possible through the afternoon.