12th Dec, 2019

Gritters heading out again across Worcestershire tonight as temperatures plummet

WORCESTERSHIRE’S gritting teams will be out again tonight from 6pm as temperatures are set to plummet.

It will be the second day in a row after arctic air rolled in last night bringing very frosty conditions overnight and this morning.

After starting last night at 11pm, the gritters returned to base to get a second haul to do the secondary routes.

More cold and icy weather is predicted this weekend with primary routes being done tonight.

The road temperatures are expected to fall to 3c overnight with a cold and foggy morning to follow.

The teams are well prepared. Over the summer months, various highways depots that cover the whole county were re-stocked with over 14,000tonnes of salt, which includes a 5,000 tonne reserve in case of an unusually harsh winter.

The Worcestershire Highways fleet of 32 gritting vehicles and the teams that drive them, cover Worcestershire’s 1,000 miles of designated roads.

Last winter, the teams clocked up more than 50,000 miles across the county. That’s the equivalent of more than twice around the world.

The council has also checked the county’s 1,320 grit bins to ensure they are full. The grit bins are available across the county of Worcestershire and maintained with stocks of a salt/grit mixture. They are provided for use on the public highway only (including footways).

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