Gritters out in force as temperatures set to plummet

Following a run of milder nights, Notts County Council’s gritting teams are gearing up for colder weather this weekend, with temperatures set to dip below zero degrees on Sunday.

By Chantal Spittles
Friday, 8th March 2013, 1:53 pm
Guardian News
Guardian News

And with some forecasters also predicting possible snow on higher ground, the team will be closely monitoring the situation on a 24-hour basis.

Tomorrow night (Saturday 9th March) is likely to be the first time since Monday that the county’s roads have been salted – thanks to a spell of milder, wetter, weather.

But the Council’s 23 gritting vehicles will be on standby again over the weekend, ready to salt all A and B roads and main bus routes in a journey that takes them around three or four hours to complete.

The Council’s gritting teams have completed 94 runs since October 26 last year – the first time the teams were sent out this season.

Since gritting started, the County Council has worked its way through 21,000 tonnes of salt. Supplies are constantly being replenished however and stocks across the Council’s highways depots currently stand at 16,000 tonnes.