Ice warning as gritter fleet is mobilised

Ice warning as gritter fleet is mobilised

Ice warning as gritter fleet is mobilised

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WITH temperatures expected to drop below freezing tonight the gritting trucks will be out and about.

The county council's fleet of gritters will be heading out to treat all designated routes – more than 800 miles worth of highway.

The authority's 31 vehicles will roll out from highways depots at around 8.30pm.

Motorists are once again being urged to drive with caution and to never assume it's safe to travel at normal speeds even if they believe roads have been treated with grit.

Drivers are also being warned to expect mist and fog patches tomorrow morning.

The county council's Twitter account,, will be keeping people up-to-date. 

Tweets regarding road closures and service disruptions caused by the floods currently being experienced will also continue over the weekend.

Jon Fraser, from the council said: "The recent heavy rain means there will be a lot of moisture on road surfaces, which has the potential to freeze when temperatures drop overnight.

"We're going out to cover all of our designated routes but, as ever, we'd urge motorists travelling tonight and tomorrow morning to take care.

"Driving conditions have been difficult over the last couple of days and even though it looks as if things will remain mostly dry tonight the potential for ice on roads will be another factor to take into consideration."

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