22 December 2010

With air and road surface temperatures expected to fall to well below zero overnight Northamptonshire County Council’s gritting crews will carry out a treatment of the precautionary network at 6pm.

Road surface temperatures could plunge to minus 6C in places, meaning that ice will form particularly where some thawing has taken place.

This afternoon will be generally cloudy with patchy snow until about 4pm and there is the possibility of further accumulations of 1-2cms locally. Overnight will have clear spells with just the risk of a few snow showers in the north of the county later on, maybe leaving less than a further centimetre.

Sunny spells are expected tomorrow morning with just the chance of the occasional snow shower.

Motorists are being asked to drive carefully, avoid sharp breaking and speed and leave plenty of braking distance.

Grit bins have been refilled over the last two days. Anyone who decides to clear paths themselves is advised to remove as much snow as possible with a shovel and then spread salt.

Boiling water must not be used as this will cause black ice.
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