06 February 2012

With thawing snow turning to ice as temperatures plunge below freezing, gritting crews have been busy treating roads across the county.

With a road surface minimum of -2.5 C forecast, crews treated the precautionary network at 7pm on Sunday.

The Snow Desk, a round-the-clock staffed control hub, has been in operation since 1pm on Saturday, prior to when the first falls were forecast at 3pm.

The precautionary network was treated at 2pm on Saturday with more treatments of gritting salt at 6pm and 9pm. Snow ploughs were fitted to the gritting trucks and used as necessary.

Further gritting runs were also carried out on Sunday at 12.30am and 4.30am, so in total five pre and past treatments were carried out in little over 12 hours.

Footpaths in town centres and areas of high footfall also received a precautionary gritting on Saturday afternoon before the snow fell.

In addition areas which are being piloted under the pioneering new initiative with the NHS and Northamptonshire Probation Trust also received treatment.

This morning from 9am, secondary routes across the county were receiving a treatment of gritting salt.

Going forward today, footways in town centres will be receiving a further application of grit, while self-help grit bins in the county will be replenished as necessary and as staff resources permit.

Forecasts are suggesting that temperatures could drop to -4C tonight, with early predictions for the following night showing a minimum of -6.5C which means that icy conditions will be the main hazard and the public are asked to take extra care and allow more time for their journey.

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