Gritting round the clock to keep roads and footpaths clear

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Winter maintenance crews are continuing to work round the clock to keep county roads and footpaths clear.

Crews gritted the Priority 1 network today (Tuesday) from midnight as road surface temperatures plunged to as low as -7.4C.

The crews then gritted the Priority 2 network from 3.30am.

Today crews have been concentrating on working with borough and district councils to clear Priority 1 footways.

With the Snow Desk in operation patrols have been monitoring the network with ad-hoc gritting taking place on routes not on the priority network.

Grit bins are also being replenished as required.

It will be largely dry through today with freezing fog patches very gradually lifting; there is just the outside chance of a light snow flurry.

Otherwise, there will be some bright spells at times but staying cold with road surface temperatures hovering around freezing.

Through this evening and overnight, thickening cloud will slightly increase the risk of light snow flurries.

Drivers are being reminded to take care while driving in snowy and icy conditions and allow more time for their journey.

Northamptonshire County Council has issued some advice on driving in snowy conditions.

This includes:

– Drive at a slow speed in as high a gear as possible; accelerate and brake very gently

– Drive particularly slowly on bends where loss of control is more likely. Brake progressively on the straight before you reach a bend. Having slowed down, steer smoothly round the bend, avoiding sudden actions

– Check your grip on the road surface when there is snow or ice by choosing a safe place to brake gently. If the steering feels unresponsive this may indicate ice and your vehicle losing its grip on the road. When travelling on ice, tyres make virtually no noise

– Drive with care, even if the roads have been treated

– Keep well back from the road user in front as stopping distances can be 10 times greater than on dry roads