30 November 2010

Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting crews are set to go out this evening at 6:00 p.m. as overnight air temperatures look set to drop to minus 4C.

The overnight forecast is for conditions to be largely dry with clear spells although occasional snow showers are possible. Road surface temperatures are expected to drop to minus 6.5C, which could cause ice where any showers have occurred.

The snow desk, a manned control hub which co-ordinates the gritting fleet, will continue to operate until at least 8:00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday).

A spokesman for Northamptonshire County Council said: “We would like to re-iterate that drivers should take care, particularly on untreated smaller roads.

“Motorists are being urged to leave plenty of time for their journeys and drive appropriately for the road conditions and, where possible, stick to main roads. When travelling please be aware that stopping distances are increased.”

Today gritting crews have been on standby – replenishing grit bins where necessary and carrying out spot gritting as required.

Wednesday afternoon is expected to be breezy and bitterly cold, with sunny spells and occasional snow showers.

Overnight Wednesday it will remain bitterly cold – and there are indications that an area of snow may spread in from the east later in the night, perhaps bringing accumulations. Road surface temperatures will remain below zero.

Early indications show that further snow possible for a time on Thursday, with more accumulations possible.