21 December 2010

Gritting crews are on standby in preparation for heavy snowfall which is expected to arrive in the county overnight and into tomorrow morning. Today crews have been patrolling and spot gritting, whilst they continue to refill salt bins.

Northamptonshire County Council’s snowdesk, a staffed control hub, will continue to operation throughout the night to make decisions and co-ordinate where the gritting fleet should be deployed.

The fleet of 27 gritting lorries will be fitted with snow ploughs so they can clear the priority network before spreading salt and grit on to the road surface.

Air temperatures are expected to fall to minus 3.5C overnight, with road surfaces dropping to minus 6C.

This afternoon has been overcast with some light snow flurries and these are expected to get heavier and more frequent into this evening.

Overnight snow is expected to slowly get heavier and more persistent and widespread. The heaviest falls will arrive after midnight and are expected to last into tomorrow morning with the potential for some significant accumulations developing in places.

About 5-10cm (2 to 4in) is expected tonight and tomorrow morning with a risk of 15cm (6in) in some places, most likely towards the north of the county. However, there is some uncertainty as to just how much now will fall at this stage.

The county council currently has more than 5,000 tonnes of gritting salt in storage.

The activities of the gritting fleet can be followed on twitter: @nnhighways