Staffordshire County Council’s gritting teams are bracing themselves for a cold snap that could see temperatures plummet to as low as -6 in some parts of the county.
The latest forecast from the Met Office shows that a widespread frost will occur over much of the county tonight and tomorrow, with temperatures dropping to as low as -6C in rural areas, and -3C in towns and cities.
The county council’s fleet of 40 plus gritters and snow ploughs will be ready to roll this evening, and with more than 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled, Staffordshire is well prepared for any adverse weather conditions.
Temperatures and road conditions will be monitored from weather stations and the team of Winter Decision Makers will make the call as to when and where to send out the gritters.
If needed, the county council’s hill contractors will also called into action on the higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Staffordshire County Council’s highways leader Mark Deaville said:
“This will be the first real test of our army of gritters this season, as we are due to experience some of the lowest temperatures we’ve seen for a while.
“Before the winter season begins, we put our 40 plus strong army of gritters through their paces to ensure they are in tip top condition and ready to go when the bad weather hits.
“Of course, every winter is a partnership effort. Our crews play their part, our community Ice Busters do theirs by clearing local paths and we ask all drivers to play theirs as well.
“Regardless of whether a road has been gritted, motorists need to slow down, take extra care and allow more time for their journeys, as the most important thing is that we all get through winter safely.”
People can find out more about how the county prepares for winter at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/winter