By Connie Osborne Friday 22 March 2013 Updated: 22/03 17:14
GRITTERS are heading out again as the winter weather is expected to continue across the county tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).
Rain, sleet and snow is expected in the next few hours and road surface temperatures are expected to fall below freezing, bringing treacherous conditions.
Predictions show that snow up to 10cm could be possible on higher ground in the north of the county.
Worcestershire County Council's gritting fleet will be going out onto the roads from 6.30pm to treat earmarked areas.
And the fleet will then remain on standby, with crews ready to go out again at short notice.
The weather will be monitored and road inspections carried out through the night to determine whether any further treatment is required.
Drivers are once again urged to drive with caution, changing their driving according to the conditions and ensure they maintain a safe distance between themselves and other vehicles to allow for additional braking distance when roads are wet or icy.
Gritters will also be filling up grit bins for residents who do not live on the 31 primary routes covered by the team.
Jon Fraser, Worcestershire County Council's highways manager, said: "This isn't the start to Spring that any of us wanted, however we will, as always, be taking steps to ensure the county's highways are well prepared for the forecast conditions.
"We're in for a spell of snow, slush and water on the roads, and whilst our teams will be treating areas as required over the weekend, we do ask drivers to remember that grit isn't a miracle solution and care is still needed when driving to minimise risks for yourselves and others on the roads."
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman also called residents to wrap up warm and take their time travelling.
He said: “In those areas affected by snowfall we would urge people to allow additional time for their journey and make sure you have warm clothing, a mobile phone and warm drinks in your vehicle before you set off.”
Visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk for the latest information on any disruption to public transport and services or follow @worcscc for live updates.
Residents can also phone the Worcestershire Hub for information on 01905 765765 between 8am and 8pm on Friday and 9am and 5pm on Saturday.
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