Gritters on standby as threat of snow returns

Monday 04 February 2013 Updated: 05/02 16:01

MOTORISTS are being urged to take care on the county's roads this evening (Monday) as they face some of the most treacherous driving conditions of the winter so far.

The latest Met Office forecasts suggest heavy rain showers are set to hit Worcestershire from 8pm tonight.

Temperatures are then due to plummet to as low as -3 with the threat of sleet and snow and remaining sub zero until 10am tomorrow (Tuesday), with a high chance of icy conditions across the county.

Worcestershire County Council's fleet of 31 gritting vehicles will be heading out on the county's roads tonight or during the night, depending on the timing and intensity of the forecast rain.

And Jon Fraser, the council's Highways Manager, is urging motorists to ensure they drive with caution:

He said: "Met Office forecasts suggest that tonight and tomorrow morning are set to present some of the trickiest driving conditions we've seen this winter. Our gritters will be heading out to treat the roads throughout Worcestershire, however, we will be monitoring conditions and working closely with the Met Office to make sure we send out our gritting teams at the best times to treat the roads, ensuring that heavy rain and sleet does not wash away our grit treatments.

"It is extremely important that motorists please remember to slow down and leave extra space between yourself and the vehicle in front to allow for extra stopping time in icy conditions.

"Gritting is very effective, but it is not a miracle solution, and I urge all drivers to temper their driving according to the conditions. This will be especially important throughout the night and during tomorrow morning's rush hour."

Residents can keep up-to-date with #grittertwitter by following the council's Twitter account @worcscc (www.twitter.com/worcscc)

The latest information on schools closures, along with any disruption to public transport and services, will be available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk

Gritting teams have also been out and about refilling grit bins across the county as quickly as they can.

To help residents pinpoint their nearest grit bin an interactive map is available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting which allows users to search by postcode.

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