Gritters On Standby With Light Frost Predicted Tonight
Article created on 19th February 2013
Worcestershire is benefiting from a dry and fine afternoon today (Tuesday, February 19).
And there's more good news on the way as road surface temperatures are only forecast to drop below freezing for a time during this evening, resulting in a slight frost before an intermittent light rain tomorrow morning (Wednesday, February 20).
Gritting teams are out and about this afternoon until 6pm, treating areas of the county's roads identified as needing additional attention. After this conditions will continue to be monitored, with gritters remaining on standby in case freezing temperatures overnight are delayed or extended.
Drivers are once again urged to drive with caution, ensuring they temper 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.
Worcestershire County Council's Highways Manager, Jon Fraser, said: "Although tonight is predicted to be warmer than of late, a light frost is still forecast, so we'd like to remind drivers to take care as even light frost and rain can present hazards on the roads."
Residents can keep up-to-date with #grittertwitter by following the County Council's Twitter account @worcscc (www.twitter.com/worcscc).
Latest information on any disruption to public transport and services will be available on the county council's website www.worcestershire.gov.uk. Residents can also phone the Worcestershire Hub for information on 01905 765765 (Hub opening hours are Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-5pm).
Gritting teams are also out and about ensuring grit bins across the county are refilled as fast 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.
The dedicated section of the website also includes a map showing the designated routes, which are served by the 31 gritting vehicles, answers to FAQs, road safety advice and local radio station frequencies.