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Giving ice the cold shoulder with gritters

Published
11.12.2017

With road temperatures dropping as low as -9˚C overnight the county council gritters will be heading out in Gloucestershire again tonight.

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Highways crews have been salting key routes around the county non stop since Friday night, with gritters running 12 hour shifts from Saturday evening using fitted snow ploughs to clear the roads.

Crews will be out again after rush hour this evening and then in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Early indications are that road surface temperatures could drop below -5˚C about 10pm tonight, perhaps down to -9˚C in the early hours of Tuesday.

Despite the roads being salted, it is possible that ice will form while the salt takes effect. The council is advising residents to delay journeys until the temperatures have increased unless absolutely necessary.

By late morning the temperatures should have improved enough to allow for a safe journey. If you do have to travel, then please take it easy as ice on the roads will be difficult to see and make sure you keep your distance from the car ahead.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: “We’re out again tonight gritting the roads, but there is no guarantee that ice won’t form, particularly at such low temperatures.

“However, we’re planning on spreading two hours before temperatures drop below minus five, which will mean it is effective down to minus fifteen.

“I’d urge residents to take their time, stay safe and drive to the conditions to make sure they have a safe journey.”

For updates on where we’re gritting and when, please follow @GlosRoads.