Dorset’s gritting crews gear up for the weekend
By alfiebass | Friday, December 03, 2010, 14:30
fall, and with rain and sleet predicted across the county, Dorset County
Council’s highways crews will be working through the night, to keep
main roads passable.
Crews have already been working throughout
the day to treat a number of routes into rural communities and link them
to the salted road network.
Gritting teams will be out at 3pm salting the main network ready for sub-zero temperatures early this evening.
8pm and 2am rain and snow showers are predicted. As they will be
falling onto frozen surfaces, causing widespread ice, extreme care
should be taken. Motorists are advised to avoid driving unless
Crews will be out again at 4am to treat roads following the rain, to help reduce the risk of ice tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
county council has refilled a number of parish grit bins, and supplied
salt to district and town councils to treat selected pavements and town
Over the weekend we will concentrate on keeping the main
road networks and community links clear, which should make access to
schools easier next week.
Temperatures tomorrow are set to rise
slightly with a strong possibility of rain. Temperatures are then set to
drop during Saturday evening/Sunday morning to -4º and will remain very
cold, at around freezing point.
Rural roads will remain covered with snow and ice, and extreme caution should be taken when travelling.