Worcestershire ready for ice and snow

Gritting Published Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Worcestershire is all geared up for the wintry weather as temperatures continue to plummet and more snow forecast to fall across the county.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for today, with heavy snow hitting some parts throughout the afternoon and temperatures unlikely to rise above 0C before it gets even colder overnight.

The County Council has 7,000 tonnes of salt housed within its depots and the gritters were out last night and will be going out all of this week to spread on the roads as the cold weather continues. Around 5,000 tonnes of salt is also kept within reserves as well to ensure there is enough salt to spread on the roads.

Jon Fraser, from Worcestershire Highways, said: "We've got 7,000 tonnes of salt and plenty waiting in reserve.

"The gritters were out yesterday evening spreading salt on the county's roads and they will be heading out again this evening. However, people just need to be careful when they are driving on the roads as we're expecting very low temperatures and snowfall."

"The salt/grit mixture is for use on the roads and footpaths and can be used by members of the public when temperatures drop below zero Celsius to help drivers and pedestrians.

An interactive map, which allows users to search via postcode for their nearest grit bin can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/gritting

To request a refill of a grit bin during the winter season log on to the County Council's 'Report It' system at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/reportit.

For the latest updates on the roads and gritters, follow @WorcsTravel on Twitter.