Gritting teams in Nottinghamshire on standby as snow and freezing temperatures are forecast for the UK this weekend

Nottinghamshire County Council’s gritting teams are on alert this weekend - with temperatures set to dip again and snow flurries forecast on high ground for some parts of the UK.

Friday, 5th December 2014, 10:50 am

Tonight (Friday) will mark the seventh night the teams have taken to the county’s roads this season, with road surface temperatures set to fall below freezing.

The teams went out for the first time on Bonfire Night and tonight will be the fourth consecutive night this week that roads have been salted.

Gritters have been on full-time standby since 1st November and will remain that way until the end of March next year – or later if necessary.

The council currently has 19,939 tonnes of salt stored in its four grit barns and says it is in a strong position to deal with the worst winter conditions.

Each time the teams go out they salt approximately 1,120 miles of road across Nottinghamshire, concentrating on A and B roads and main bus routes – that’s just 70 miles further than the distance from Retford to Reykjavik in Iceland.