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County prepared for snow


The county council is on standby with snow expected later today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow across the country, with rain this morning turning to sleet and snow as the day goes on.

In some of the county's higher areas, such as the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean, there could be up to four cm of snow settling. Crews will be out in advance and during the predicted snow.

Although the snow is due to clear away to the east through the evening, parts of Gloucestershire will then see temperatures drop below zero, which means the county's gritting teams will be back out on the roads.

Crews have already been out around the county in recent weeks with temperatures regularly dropping below zero overnight.

This year highways started the season with just over 11,331 tonnes of salt at covered salt domes based in Stroudwater, Cannop, Moreton and Cirencester.

In rural communities, grit bins are provided in rural or problem areas, like steep hills or bends, for local people to treat the roads and pavements themselves - this salt is for highways and not for private use. Vulnerable residents are also warned to take care when walking on pavements in rural areas.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: "With the first snowfall of the year forecast today our  teams are fully prepared.

"Although we are only expecting a brief period of snow, our crews will work around the clock to make sure the effects of the bad weather are as short-lived as possible.

"We'd also encourage drivers to take extra care and think about their journeys before setting off."

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