20 December 2010

With temperatures plunging to minus 11C and heavy snow in the south of the county Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting teams have had a busy weekend keeping the county’s road network running.

Both priority one and priority two routes have received treatment and crews have also concentrated efforts in the south with spot gritting and snow ploughing carried out.

Two farmers have also assisted in keeping roads clear of snow after requests off the A508 and the A5 in the south of the county.

Some town centres also received gritting treatment on what was one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Today crews have been out from 3.45am to treat the precautionary network and the snowdesk is in operation, monitoring conditions and making decisions.

Busy footways in town centres will be inspected and treated as required and grit bins will be checked and replenished.

This morning is forecast to be dry with the freezing fog lifting to leave some bright or sunny intervals. Road surface temperatures will be mostly well below zero with widespread ice and hoar frost.

It should remain dry through the day but there is the small chance of some light snow in the far south of the county this afternoon, giving 1-2cm at most. However, confidence is low regarding this snow's northward progression.